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April 4, 2017 — Local Elections

Glendale Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Shant Sahakian

Parent. Entrepreneur. Artist.
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide a 21st century public education with modernized classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, and STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).
  • Prepare students for the 21st century economy with career pathways, dual-language immersion programs, and financial literacy education.
  • Support student needs with compassionate service for special needs students, guidance for our at-risk youth, and comprehensive mental health support.



Profession:Parent. Entrepreneur. Artist.
Commissioner, City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Extension) Certificate, Marketing (2010)
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Graphic Design with a Marketing Minor (2008)

Community Activities

Chair, Glendale Youth Alliance (2011–current)
President, Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation (2010–current)
Commissioner, City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission (2015–current)
Member, Glendale Unified School District Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) (2016–current)
Board Member, Ascencia (2015–current)


Shant Sahakian is a parent who is a proud product of the Glendale Unified School District and a lifelong resident of Glendale with deep roots in the community. At the age of 14, while in middle school, he founded Sedna Solutions, a business in the art and technology sector that supports many local companies and non-profit organizations with their communication needs.

Shant’s entrepreneurial spirit is matched by his passion for community service and giving back to the community that has given him so much. Over the years, he has volunteered for local organizations that support Glendale’s youth, enhance the city’s public services, and serve the most vulnerable in the community. He currently serves as the Chair of Glendale Youth Alliance, President of Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation, and appointed Commissioner of the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission. He is also currently serving on the Glendale Unified School District’s Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), Ascencia’s Board of Directors, and Armenian American Museum’s Development Committee.

Most recently, Sahakian has served as the Vice President of Glendale Kiwanis and continues to be an active member supporting the service club’s youth programs. In the past, he has served as a Board Member for the Campbell Center and the Arturo Sandoval Institute. Sahakian was one of the Founding Board Members of Glendale Young Professionals and Co-Chair of the Armenian National Committee of America Professional Network. He also served on the organizing committee of the March for Justice, which brought together more than 160,000 people in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial on April 24, 2015.

Earlier this year, Sahakian received the prestigious “Man of the Year” Award from the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He has also been honored with the “Hope Diamond” Award from the Glendale Educational Foundation, “Community” Award from The Character & Ethics Project, and first ever “Hero” Award from the Glendale Youth Alliance.

Sahakian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design with a Marketing Minor from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a Certificate in Marketing from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Extension).

Shant and his wife, Suzanna, live and work in Glendale and are the proud parents of their young son, Raffi Sebastian Sahakian.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Glendale Teachers Association
  • Glendale Association of Realtors
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (5)

  • California State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • Glendale Mayor Paula Devine
  • Glendale School Board President Armina Gharpetian
  • Glendale Community College Board of Trustees President Anita Quinonez Gabrielian

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