Villaraigosa Appoints Armoudian to Taxicab Commission Board

Maria Armoudian

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the appointment of Maria Armoudian to the Board of Taxicab Commissioners Wednesday.

”Maria Armoudian brings decades of experience in journalism, public affairs, and government,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “I am confident that her years of public service and academic expertise will greatly benefit the Board of Taxicab Commissioners.”

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region welcomes Ms. Maria Armoudian’s appointment to the Taxicab Commission by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We are pleased that a longtime activist and a deserving member of the Angeleno community has been appointed to such an important and prestigious position. In its role as the largest Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the western United States, the ANCA-WR looks forward to working closely with all appointed and elected city officials to ensure that matters of concern to the Armenian community in Los Angeles are properly addressed.

Maria Armoudian is a veteran journalist and author who has written for Daily Variety, Billboard, and Business Week. Her work has also been syndicated by both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times Syndicates. She is currently the host and producer of the weekly public affairs show “The Insighters” on KPFK. Armoudian is a fellow at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.

In addition to her decades in journalism, Armoudian also has nearly twenty years of public sector experience having worked on a wide range of legislative issues. Ms. Armoudian worked as a legislative consultant in the California Legislature focusing on corporate reform, environmental protection, government accountability and civil rights. From 2005 to 2010, she served on the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission where she helped develop and oversee the City’s sustainability plan.

Throughout her career, Armoudian has been actively involved in the community and in civic engagement efforts. She is a board member of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, has served on the board of the Pacifica Foundation and is a past president of Southern California Americans for Democratic Action.

Armoudian is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


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