Armenia Fund Elects New President

LOS ANGELES–Armenia Fund, Inc., the U.S. Western Region affiliate of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund has elected its new president, Ara Aghishian to head the organization’s operations in the region.

On Thursday, March 26, the Corporate Board of Armenia Fund, Inc. unanimously elected Ara Aghishian to the post of Chairman/President. Mr. Aghishian has been Vice President of the Fund since 2001.

Present at the meeting were the Honorable Grigor Hovhannisyan, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia; Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Fr. Antoine Saroyan of the Armenian Catholic Eparchy; Rev. Joseph Matossian of the Armenian Evangelical Union of America; Mr. Al Cabraloff of the Armenian Assembly of America; Avedik Izmirlian of the Armenian Cultural Foundation; Vahe Charkhutian of the Armenian General Benevolent Union SCDC; Sossie Poladian of the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA; Dr. Hampig Sarafian of Nor Serount Cultural Association; and Ara Aharonian of Tekeyan Cultural Association.

Aghishian has been in private legal practice since 1988 in California. He is admitted to practice law in all the courts of the State, all Federal District Courts in California, the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Aghishian heads the Law Offices of Ara Aghishian with offices in Encino, San Diego, and Sacramento. His client base consists of Fortune 500 companies as well as the City of Los Angeles.

He is a member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations, as well as the Armenian Bar Association. He has served as Judge Pro Tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court for several years. Mr. Aghishian has received several commendations and recognitions for his volunteer services to the legal profession.

For 15 years, Aghishian served as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School in Hollywood, CA. He is a former Chairman of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. He is a former member of the AGBU Asbeds and AGBU SCDC. Aghishian is a Godfather of the Mother Cathedral of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Aghishian is married to Julia Yeran’ssian and a proud father of a daughter, Alexandra. In the spirit of philanthropy and furthering Armenian studies, Mr. and Mrs. Aghishian have sponsored Armenian language, culture and history programs at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and various Armenian schools in the U.S. and Canada.

In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Aghishian were the Honorary Presidents of the Armenia Fund Canada (Montreal) chapter’s annual gala. Besides sponsoring various other charitable causes, Mr. and Mrs. Aghishian have sponsored various projects of the Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region.

Armenia Fund, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $190 million in development aid to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia Fund, Inc. is the U.S. Western Region affiliate of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-448569

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