LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee of America –Western Region (ANCA-WR) will honor Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian with the 2016 ANCA-WR Legislator of the Year Award at the Annual Gala Banquet on Sunday October 16 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
The award is given to Nazarian in recognition of his unwavering and strong leadership in the California State Legislature and ongoing commitment to passionately defending and advancing issues critical to Armenians worldwide.
“Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian is a true son of the Armenian community and has been a devoted advocate of the Armenian Cause since his days as a student. He has carried his sense of duty with him throughout his political career and has served admirably in the California State Assembly as the torchbearer of issues that are important to all of us, ranging from leading a legislative trip to Armenia and Artsakh to creating the California Armenian Legislative Caucus, to spearheading Armenian Genocide education in public schools, to introducing legislation for divestment of public funds from Turkish government investment vehicles. We are proud to bestow the 2016 ANCA-Western Region’s Legislator of the Year Award upon assemblymember Nazarian and look forward to working with him on new successes as he continues to able serve the people of the State of California,” stated ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian.
Prior to being elected, he served as Chief of Staff to Paul Krekorian in both Mr. Krekorian’s capacity as Assistant Majority Leader in the California Legislature and Los Angeles Councilmember. He also served as an aide to Congressman Brad Sherman, participated in the prestigious CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs program, and was appointed as Special Assistant to the California Trade and Commerce Agency by former Governor Gary Davis.
Assemblymember Nazarian attended UCLA. where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He is a product of the local Armenian community and a proud graduate of Ferrahian Armenian High School, after attending the TCA Arshag Dickranian School for a short time.
Nazarian and his wife, Diana, live is West Toluca Lake, with their sons Alex and David.