Stella Maloyan, Humanitarian Activist and Nonprofit Executive, to Run for LA City Council’s 12th District

If elected, the Former Commissioner Would Become LA’s First Armenian-American Councilwoman

Stella Maloyan, a longtime humanitarian activist and leading nonprofit executive, announced her candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council’s 12th District.

With strong ties to business, labor, community organizations, human right groups and the entertainment industry, Maloyan vowed to use her relationships to experience to unite disparate interests for the common good. “I have seen the power of coalitions to change our city for the better, and I know what it takes to bring everyone to the table,” said Maloyan. “Leadership is ultimately about getting things done to serve the greater public interest. The 12th District and Los Angeles, needs leaders who understand this and can make it happen.”

Maloyan, who has lived in the district for 40 years, moved to the Northwest Valley when she was just 15 years old seeking freedom and safety for the Iranian revolution. She has received various degrees from California State University, Northridge. She raised her family in Porter Ranch, became an active parent with her children’s Armenian American schools, and as a community volunteer helped lead the fundraising effort for local kids to have a new soccer field.

Over the past two decades, Maloyan has played a major role in the city’s Armenian community. As a leading fundraiser in California, she helped build for Armenian humanitarian organizations. She has also served on the board of the Program for Torture Victims. “The experience of my family and friends in fleeing Iran shaped who I am,” said Maloyan. “We can never take our rights, or the rights of any people, for granted. I am proud to have served the Armenian-American community and its vital effort to teach future generations the lessons of history. I am equally proud to have lent my time to protecting the rights of other oppressed people.”

Maloyan’s early activism led her to take a position as an executive with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), where for nearly two decades she has worked to empower people to hold City Hall accountable, build affordable housing, clean our air and water, and increase funding for our schools, and create good-paying jobs that have helped strengthen our communities. “This country has given many of us from diverse immigrant communities the opportunity to rebuild our lives,” stated Maloyan. “I consider it my privilege and responsibility to give other that same opportunity, and I have dedicated my career to that ideal.”

Maloyan is a strong believer in gender equity, which led her to create Women for New Los Angeles, the largest gathering of women leaders in California. She is a strong advocate for building the leadership of young people to take on the challenges of improving our city, state, and country.

In 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. She also worked to increase civic participation through her board service with the Getty House Foundation.

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