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.