April 7, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ani Garabedian
tel: (818) 500-1918

ANC-WR Welcomes New Chairman Vicken Sonentz-Papazian

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee – Western Region (ANC-WR) this week welcomed long time activist Vicken Sonentz-Papazian as its new chairman. Originally from Watertown, Massachusetts, Papazian has been involved with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) since 1985.

“I look forward to building on the impressive successes of the ANC-WR,” stated Papazian. “This is a great opportunity to work with the board of directors and community leaders,” he added.

In addition to working at the ANCA office in Washington D.C. from 1985-1987, Papazian also served as the ANCA Executive Director from 1991-1993. He joined ANC-WR as the executive director from 1995-2000 shortly after.

Papazian, who has been a licensed attorney since 1991, is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. He has been instrumental in promoting Armenian issues on Capitol Hill, within the United Nations and on the state, county and local levels.

The Armenian National Committee – 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 ANC-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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Photo Caption: Vicken Papazian, Armenian National Committee – Western Region Chairman