About Adrin Nazarian
Adrin Nazarian grew up in the San Fernando Valley, attending high school there before receiving his degree in Economics from UCLA in 1996. He currently serves as the chief-of-staff to L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who represents the communities of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, North Hollywood and Valley Glen. Previously, Adrin served as chief-of-staff to then-Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian in the California State Legislature, representing the communities of North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, Toluca Lake, and others.
Adrin developed his passion for public service from an early age, volunteering for a plethora of organizations and institutions while gaining a better understanding of the communities he would one day work to lead. A life altering experience was in college, when he lent his time to help battered and abused women at the San Fernando Valley Superior Court Domestic Violence Clinic Unit. There, he saw first-hand the horrors of domestic violence and helped victims by listening to their stories and helping to submit restraining orders on their behalf. This experience stayed with Adrin, which years later lead him to sit on the YWCA Board and has influenced much of his policy making roles in public service.
Upon graduating UCLA, Adrin participated in the prestigious CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs program. From 1997 to 1999, Adrin served as an aide to Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), assisting him with business and labor community issues.
In 1999, former Governor Gray Davis appointed Adrin as a Special Assistant to the California Trade and Commerce Agency. During his tenure at the agency, he helped establish the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, which focused on creating and maintaining technology based jobs in California.
Adrin believes in civic engagement and the importance of giving back to his community, he has served on the boards of several community based organizations including the East Valley YMCA and the YWCA. Adrin was one of the founding members of Generation Next Mentorship program, which worked with local public schools to give young people alternatives to a life of gangs and drugs.
Adrin and his wife, Diana, will be celebrating their 5th anniversary this year and recently celebrated their son’s first birthday.