Deirmenjian’s Diverse Background Lands Him Seat on LA Human Relations Commission

LOS ANGELES (ANCA-WR)–Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has appointed Raffe Deirmenjian to serve on the city’s Human Relations Commission Advisory Committee–which strives to promote positive race and human relation in the increasingly complex and multicultural county of Los Angeles.

Deirmenjian–a member of the California West Valley Armenian National Committee–has worked diligently to have the Armenian genocide included in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s curriculum–and during a time of racial conflict at local Grant High School–worked with students and administrators to successfully settle the conflict.

Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA – WR) Chairman Steve Dadaian–describes Deirmenjian as an ideal candidate for the job. "Having worked closely within ANC–Raffe has the necessary background in not only managing human relations–but also grasping the ideals that help to overcome prejudice–bias–and other divisive attitudes that can lead to inter-cultural tension," says Dadaian.

The Commission works with law enforcement–schools–cities–community-based organizations–youth–academics–policy makers–businesses–and other leaders–to bring key players together to resolve immediate inter-cultural conflicts.

"It’s rare to find a person with such a diverse background," stresses Dadaian who points to Derimenjian’s current position as a Second Vice President of Wealth Management at Smith Barney–education in political science and business marketing–and five years of hands-on experience on Wall Street–coupled with practical public policy experience within the ANC. "He fits the ideal profile to serve on this Commission whose mission is to lay the groundwork for a long-term campaign to eradicate unfair practices–while working within the system."

Also appointed to the Commission were Vicky Ortega–Karen Hallock–Al Garcia–and Jose Roberto Hernandez.

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