YEREVAN — Anna Hakobyan, journalist and wife of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, is coming this week to the United States for an extensive 17-day trip with stops in the four cities of Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Memphis.
Hakobyan said in an interview on March 26 that she will maintain a tight schedule, with a variety of meetings, events and gala dinners. The trip is primarily devoted to fundraising for two foundations whose boards Hakobyan heads, the City of Smile Foundation and My Step Foundation. In addition, there will be meetings with the Armenian community and other gatherings in which Hakobyan will represent the Republic of Armenia as the spouse of the prime minister.
In Boston, Hakobyan will be the keynote speaker at a sold-out banquet on April 5 for the City of Smile, at which Michael Aram and Arpi Krikorian will participate.
During her trip, Hakobyan will meet with representatives of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis to sign an agreement between its foundation and the City of Smile Foundation. In New York, she will meet with community members.
In Los Angeles, she will be present at an April 6 fundraiser with the Armenian American Medical Society and at the celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the Armenian consulate on April 7. She will speak at a community meeting the next evening.
In Washington, besides an April 3 fundraiser, she will give a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with Representatives Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, both of Armenian background, and meet with community members.