Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) congratulates Ambassador Nina Hachigian, who serves as the City of Los Angeles' Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, on her recent appointment to the U.S. Department of Defense Policy Board. Other members of the board include Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger. A diplomat and politician who is the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hachigian has led a prolific career that includes a post as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, where her strategic partnerships and initiatives resulted in her being awarded the U.S. Department of State's Superior Honor Award for her service. "The Assembly congratulates Ambassador Hachigian on this prestigious appointment. Given the Ambassador’s decades of experience and expertise, we have no doubt that she will serve with distinction,” said Assembly Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian. Ambassador Hachigian has also served as a Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress, and was co-director of Asia policy for the Obama campaign in 2012. Ambassador Hachigian was also the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House from 1998-1999. She has written numerous books, reports and articles. She is the founder of WASA, Women Ambassadors Serving America, which consists of over 200 current and former Ambassadors, a co-founder of the Leadership Coalition for Women in National Security (LCWINS), a founding Board Member of the State Department's International Security Advisory Board, a member of the California 100 Commission, a Board Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.