About the Executive Director

Peter Abajian, Executive Director of Paros Foundation Peter Abajian worked with the Armenian Assembly of America from 1995 until 2006 serving as the Director of the Armenian Assembly of America's Western Office located in Beverly Hills, California and later as Deputy Executive Director. In these capacities, Mr. Abajian worked with both the Armenian community and the Congress to promote a stronger US/Armenia relationship, while simultaneously working to expand the Armenian Assembly's membership and financial support. Nationally, he spearheaded efforts to raise new sources of revenue, organizing several successful national events, and serving as one of the organization's chief spokespeople.

During the 2006 and 2007 academic year, Mr. Abajian moved with his family to Yerevan, Armenia to formally launch the Paros Foundation and develop strong working relationships with the Paros Foundation sponsored projects.

From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Abajian worked with the San Fernando Valley Association for the Retarded--New Horizons, one of the largest facilities serving adults with developmental disabilities in Southern California. As the organization's Marketing Director, Mr. Abajian was responsible for raising funds to support the programs including residential group homes, sheltered work shop, work training and activity center programs.

1988 to 1991 Mr. Abajian worked at the Armenian Assembly's headquarters in Washington, DC serving as Director of the Assembly's Summer Intern Program. Mr. Abajian's first exposure to the Armenian Assembly came in 1986 when he served as an Intern in Washington with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) through the Assembly's Program.

Mr. Abajian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and took graduate courses in Business and Marketing at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

He and his wife, Houry, are proud parents of identical twin daughters.