WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian
Assembly of America (Assembly) welcomes Mihran Toumajan as the Assembly’s
Western Region Director effective immediately.
Toumajan has been active with the
Assembly since 1996, when he interned for the Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS) as a participant in the Assembly’s Terjenian-Thomas Summer
Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Toumajan coordinated the internship
program the following summer and has contributed to the Assembly’s Public
Affairs department. Toumajan rejoins the Assembly after spending 15 years as an
executive in the telecommunications and enterprise software industries.
“Mihran has been a member of the
Assembly family for almost two decades and we are excited to officially welcome
him to the team,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.
A native of Armenia, Toumajan spent his
formative years in Michigan where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from
Wayne State University in Detroit. Toumajan became accustomed to political
advocacy relatively early in life, having volunteered as a teenager for the
election campaign of now retired congressman and former co-chair of the
Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Joe Knollenberg (R-MI).
Upon relocating to southern California
in 2000, Toumajan continued his service to the Armenian American community and
to the Armenian Apostolic Church, to which he was ordained a deacon in 2003 by
His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the
Armenian Church. Toumajan is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the
widely acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, a former Trustee of the Tekeyan
Cultural Association Arshag Dickranian Armenian School, a twice-elected
Diocesan delegate and thrice-elected member of the Parish Council of St.
Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena, and Chairman of St.
Gregory’s Consecration Committee in 2007.
“It is a distinct honor to, once
again, be a part of the Assembly team, contribute to the growth of the Assembly’s
grassroots network in the western United States, advocate for continued
reaffirmation of and restorative justice for the Armenian Genocide, and
encourage Armenian Americans to serve as a voice for the security and
prosperity of our brothers and sisters in Armenia and Artsakh,” Toumajan