Peter Abajian

Executive Director, Los Angeles

Peter Abajian has worked in the Armenian American community for more than 25 years. Abajian began his career with the Armenian Assembly in its Washington, D.C. offices in 1988. From 1995 until 2006, Abajian led the Assembly’s Western Region operations, ultimately advancing to Deputy Executive Director. During this time, Abajian worked with both the Armenian community and the U.S. Congress to promote a stronger U.S. – Armenia relationship, while simultaneously working to expand the 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.

In 2006, Abajian and his family moved to Armenia and formally launched and led the Paros Foundation.

“I care passionately about the future of Armenia; and I take great pride in contributing to its develop through our project-based model. Our 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity campaign to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide was met with tremendous success. This effort energized our staff and served as a positive example of successful project identification and implementation to both our beneficiaries and the Armenian community at large. Moving forward, our efforts are focused on continuing to help Armenia’s development in a smart, efficient and transparent manner through our Projects for Prosperity campaign and our Prosperity on the Border initiative. My hope is that through The Paros Foundation’s leadership and the communities’ support, we will continue to help Armenia and her population develop and thrive.”

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. The Abajian family lives in Los Angeles, California and have an apartment in Yerevan Armenia.

Narine Damirigian, M.S.W.

Associate Director, Los Angeles

Narine joined the Paros team in 2013, following completion of her graduate program at the University of Southern California where she obtained a master’s degree in social work. Her and her husband, Sarkis live in Los Angels and she travels to Armenia frequently.

“Delighted to be part of the Paros family – a small, yet extremely effective group of people who implement projects our community can be proud of.”

Sevan Amirians

Project Manager, Yerevan

Sevan has been working with Paros since its inception in 2006. He and his wife, Silva, and their two daughter repaitiated to Armenia from Sweden in 1994.

Gegham Minasyan

Project Manager, Yerevan

Gegham officially joined the Paros team in 2015. He and his wife, Anna, and their three children live in Yerevan.

Sos Souqiasian

Construction Manager, Yerevan

Sos has worked with Paros since 2011. Sos and his wife, Naira, and their two sons reside in Yerevan with their families. He and his wife are proud grandparents to three grandchildren.

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