Armenian Assembly Announces Formation of Its Northern California Regional Council


PASADENA, Calif. — The Armenian Assembly of America’s Western Region Office announces the formation of its Northern California Regional Council (NCRC). The NCRC members, along with Assembly Western Region Director Yeghig Keshishian, will help oversee the Assembly’s
professional network throughout the San Francisco Bay Area — including its congressional and community outreach.

On Sunday, November 15, the NCRC will host its inaugural event in Oakland. Keshishian will be present to introduce the NCRC members, address questions regarding the recent Armenia-Turkey Protocols, as well as give an update on the growing support for the Armenian Genocide resolution in congress. There will also be time for guests to mingle and network.

The council consists of a diverse group of Armenian-Americans from the San Francisco Area. They are: Peter Kalagian-Federico, a member in the Armenian community who connects Armenian students with local political and cultural organizations; Alison Ekizian, former fundraising chair for the AGBU Young Professionals of Northern California and member of St. John Armenian Church; Kimberly Bardakian, a founding member of the AGBU Young Professionals of Northern California; Valina Agbabian,
Assembly Northern California ARAMAC State Chair; David Ojakian, chair of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Northern California and Member of the Mt. Davidson Cross Board of Directors and Julie Kulhanjian Strauch, Assembly Life Trustee and longtime community activist.

“The aim of this event is to reconnect the Armenian community in the Bay Area to the Assembly and its vast network of professionals, as well as address the timely and important topic of the Protocols,” stated Kimberly Bardakian. “We hope the creation of the NCRC in Northern California helps accomplish the mission of the Assembly. Both the Armenian-American community in Northern California and the Assembly stand to benefit from the strengthening of relationships with our elected officials and community leaders.”

The council will meet regularly to promote public awareness of Armenian issues and to encourage greater Armenian-American
participation in the American democratic process.

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