GLENDALE—On Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m., the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon are cohosting an Appointment Seminar at the Burbank Youth Center located at 75 East Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank. The event will be the final one of a series of workshops and seminars conducted by the Speaker’s Appointments Office throughout California in recent weeks focused on educating Californians about how they can apply to serve on more than 150 California state governing bodies and commissions.
“California is home to a strong and dynamic Armenian community. I’m hoping that members of the community will take part in the upcoming Appointments Seminar and learn how they can apply for positions that help ensure our government acts in the best interest of the public,” said Speaker Rendon. He was first elected in 2012, and selected as Speaker by the State Assembly earlier this year. Speaker Rendon was a former political science college professor, and earned his Ph.D. from UC Riverside, before he went on to become the executive director of a non-profit focused on early childhood education in immigrant communities.
Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (Sherman Oaks) — who will be honored as Legislator of the Year at the ANCA-WR Annual Gala Banquet on Sunday, October 16 — will introduce the Speaker at the event. Other Armenian American community leaders and organizations, including the Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) and the National Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA) are also supporting the Speaker’s outreach efforts.
“We are grateful to Speaker Rendon for reaching out to the Armenian American community in his effort to ensure that the background of state level commissioners and board members in California reflect the diversity of our population and we are proud to partner with him to provide a platform to community members to learn more about the opportunities to serve on such commissions,” says ANCA-WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan.
The series of events was announced shortly after a meeting between Speaker Rendon, Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon and ANCA-WR leadership, at which time they discussed increasing the level of participation of Armenian Americans in public service and policy-making positions, as well as other priorities for the community.
“SCAD applauds Speaker Rendon’s efforts to educate constituents regarding the appointment process for state boards and commissions, and encourages all community members who are interested in public policy and service to attend the event,” stated SCAD President Mike Matossian.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the
Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.