Lisa Kazanjian

Armenian Church Endowment Fund Appoints Executive Director


NEW YORK — The Armenian Church Endowment Fund (ACEF), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, announced on November 6 the appointment of Lisa Kazanjian as its first executive director.

Gregory Zorthian, chair of ACEF’s Board of Directors, stated, “The need for an executive director was clear. Thanks to the expertise of our professional advisors and Investment Committee and our contributing participants, ACEF has grown from $1.7 million in 1979 to $140 million today.”

Kazanjian, who joined ACEF’s board in 2021 and served as its treasurer, will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and promoting its mission to support those parishes and individuals who choose to crate a legacy through long-term investment planning.

She will report to the board chair and work closely with its Executive Committee.

“I am excited about this opportunity, as it enables me not only to apply my background in business development, marking and finance, but also to give back to the Armenian church and community, which gratefully has enhanced my life in multiple ways, said Kazanjian.

Kazanjian has spent most of her career with non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations, recently worked in strategic marking for Epsilon, a Publicis Groupe company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and marketing. She is a lifelong member of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church in Wynnewood, Penn.

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Zorthian added, “Upon joining our board, Lisa quickly established strong relationships with our team and staff and became an active member of the Executive and Communications Committees. The board and I are confident that he organizational, interpersonal and creative skills will continue to enable her to significantly contribute to ACEF.”

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