“As our former Executive Director and long-time ANCA activist and leader, we are proud to endorse Elen Asatryan in her campaign for the Democratic Party’s County Central Committee. We are certain that Elen will continue to be a strong advocate for the rights and interests of the Armenian-American community throughout the campaign and after she is elected, ensuring that our concerns are addressed within the formulation of the Democratic Party platform.”
A firm believer in the Armenian Cause, as Executive Director of the ANCA-WR Asatryan oversaw the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in all 19 Western region states and the incorporation of Armenian Genocide education in the statewide high school curriculum. In addition to her work championing justice for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Asatryan’s commitment to ensuring the right to self-determination for the Armenians of Artsakh earned her Artsakh’s “Gratitude” Award, issued by the President of the Republic of Artsakh.
“My heritage is central to who I am, and I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region and the extended ANCA family,” said Asatryan. “My grassroots campaign has gained support from across all communities which are represented in the wonderful mosaic of the 43rd Assembly District. Ensuring that the Armenian-American community is properly and justly represented in the LACDP and within the Democratic Party will be one of my top priorities. I look forward to our work ahead,” she added.
Asatryan’s tireless commitment to social justice and community activism also includes leadership on initiatives to protect the rights of women, minorities, and youth, supporting their equal access to the democratic process and promoting civic engagement.
As an advocate for women’s rights, Asatryan founded the Glendale Domestic Violence Task Force—bringing together Glendale based nonprofits to help identify areas of mutual cooperation and assistance in matters relating to domestic violence.
Dedicated to empowering youth, Asatryan has founded internship and mentorship programs – including the ANCA-WR Walter and Laurel Karabian public policy fellowship – and spearheaded the Path to College Program to help non-English speaking parents navigate the school system and provide a pipeline of support for students to successfully graduate high school and complete the college admissions process.
In her mission to ensure that all voters have equal access to the democratic process, Asatryan developed and implemented voter registration and ‘Get Out the Vote’ initiatives, resulting in over 50,000 newly registered voters and record-breaking voter turnout in some of the most competitive and heated local, state, and national elections.
Committed to community education and empowerment, Asatryan has served and continues to serve on various committees and boards of local and regional organizations, including the City of Glendale Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission, where she served as Chair, the Glendale Youth Alliance, the Glendale Community Police Partnership Advisory Committee, the Census Complete Count Committee, and the Los Angeles County Voter Outreach Committee. She is currently a delegate for the CA Democratic Party, where she continues to be involved in shaping the party platform and advocates for the issues closest to her heart.
The Los Angeles Democratic County Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in the County of Los Angeles and the largest local entity in the United States, representing nearly 2.7 million registered Democrats. The 43rd State Assembly district encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, and parts of Los Angeles including Hollywood Hills, East Hollywood, Little Armenia, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village.
The election for the Democratic County Central Committee will take place on Tuesday, March 3. Registered Democrats—and those who have declined to state a political party, but have requested a Democratic ballot—residing in Assembly District 43 will see Asatryan’s name on their ballot.
The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential nonpartisan 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 in pursuit of the Armenian Cause.