Academic Council

The Academic Council brings together several prominent USC faculty to advise the Institute director and staff on programming, scholarship, and research. Their varied backgrounds and academic and personal trajectories combine to offer invaluable strategic and development guidance to the Institute. Their extensive experience and networks contribute to cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships.


Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D.

Professor, Public Policy
Academic Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
Former Dean, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Don Miller, Ph.D.

Professor, Religion
Co-founder, Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC
Former Director, School of Religion

Manuel Pastor, Ph.D.

Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change
Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is comprised of active philanthropists and organizers in the Armenian-American community who support the growth and development of the Institute. The Institute has benefitted from the Leadership Council’s commitment and guidance since the days when they were instrumental in the establishment of the Institute. The Institute mourns the recent loss of three key members of the Leadership Council.

Mihran Agbabian , Ph.D.

John Berberian

Diane Cabraloff

Charles Ghailian, Chairman

Vahe Karapetian

Michael Kazanjian

Frank Melkonian

Donald Miller, Ph.D.

Lori Muncherian

Gerald Papazian

Sinan Sinanian

Hon. Dickran Tevrizian

Savey Tufenkian

National Honorary Council

The National Honorary Council was established when the Institute was established and consisted of individuals with extensive national and international experience in a variety of fields. Members of the National Honorary Council lent their knowledge and expertise to the advancement of the Institute’s vision and mission.

George Deukmejian , 35th Governor of California

Edward Djerejian, United States Ambassador to Israel (1993-1994) and Syria (1988-1991)

John Evans, United States Ambassador to Armenia (2004-2006)

Vartan Gregorian , President of Carnegie Corporation (1997 – present)

Paul Ignatius, United States Secretary of the Navy (1967-1969)

Gerald Turpanjian, Businessman and Philanthropist