About ANCA-Glendale

ANCA Glendale LogoThe ANCA – Glendale Chapter is a grassroots public affairs organization serving to inform, educate and act on a wide range of issues concerning Armenian Americans in Glendale.  For several decades, ANCA -Glendale has served to educate, motivate and activate the Armenian American Community in Glendale on a wide ranges of issues. ANCA-Glendale has been an important presence for Armenian American grassroots efforts, serving as liaison between city institutions, elected officials, and the community. Our efforts serve the vibrant community of Glendale in the following ways: discussing issues affecting our community with political officials, conducting voter outreach campaigns, publicizing the Armenian Cause, educating the Glendale community through forums and outreach events, fighting historic revisionism, and promoting recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The ANCA – Glendale Chapter is working to make Armenian American interests effectively part of the political dialogue of our governments and of our own community. Recently, we have been actively engaging Armenian Americans, helping register and mobilizing voters. ANCA-Glendale has also played a vital role in working diligently with elected officials, which resulted in the Glendale Unified School District being the first district in the United States to designate April 24th, the remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, as an official holiday. We have also been working to make government committees, councils, commissions, and agencies increase diversity by having more Armenian American representation. Furthermore, the ANCA – Glendale Chapter is actively collaborating with a variety of community organizations to help ensure the needs of our community are met. Alongside volunteering opportunities, the ANCA-Glendale Chapter has also hosted an internship for young Armenian Americans in order to educate and engage future generations in the political process. Whether the focus is empowering our community by registering voters, the drive for recognition, restitution and justice for the Armenian Genocide, educating the public on local, state, and federal legislation concerning issues in their local communities and the Republic of Armenia or advocating the legitimate right of self-determination for the people of Artsakh, the ANCA – Glendale Chapter is a prominent force in the democratic process within our region. We proudly contribute to multiple facets of our community, trying to address a wide range of issues concerning Armenian Americans in Glendale. As the largest diasporic Armenian community in the world, the ANCA – Glendale chapter is committed to working and providing for the needs of the Armenian American and the vibrant Glendale community at large.

The ANCA-Glendale Chapter works in cooperation with its national headquarters in Washington, DC, its Western Regional offices also located in Glendale, and its Eastern Region counterpart in Boston. The ANCA- Glendale is joined in these efforts by far-reaching network of international affiliates in Europe, Russia, South America, the Middle East, Australia, Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Board & Staff

From left to right, Board Members Raymond Khachadourian, Jackie Tomassian, Shakeh Ghazarian, Artin Manoukian (Chairman), Patil Derderian, and Lucy Petrosian. Missing Maro Kasparian.

Margarita Baghdasaryan, Community Outreach Director

Margarita Baghdasaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to Los Angeles, California in 2004. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies with honors. At UCLA, Baghdasaryan was the Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Armenian Students Association, and an active member of  the Undergraduate Students Association Council. Most recently, she served as the Campaign Manager for the ANCA-Western Region Hye Votes. Aside from her experience campaigning, Baghdasaryan has also interned for the Helsinki Association of Human Rights-Yerevan, and Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center-Armenia. She also serves on the executive board of the Hidden Road Initiative as the Public Relations Coordinator.

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