Shant Sahakian for Glendale School Board FlagShant 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.

Shant Sahakian for Glendale School Board School Reading FamilyEarlier 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.

 Experience

  • Glendale Youth Alliance
    Chair
  • Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation
    President
  • City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission
    Commissioner
  • GUSD Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
    Member
  • Ascencia
    Board Member
  • Armenian American Museum
    Committee Member
  • Glendale Kiwanis
    Former Vice President
  • The Campbell Center
    Former Board Member
  • Arturo Sandoval Institute
    Former Board Member
  • Armenian National Committee of America Professional Network
    Former Co-Chair
  • Glendale Young Professionals
    Founding Board Members

 Awards & Recognition

  • Man of the Year Award
    Glendale Chamber of Commerce
  • Hope Diamond Award
    Glendale Educational Foundation
  • Community Award
    The Character & Ethics Project
  • Hero Award
    Glendale Youth Alliance

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Man of the Year

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Hope Diamond Award

Glendale Educational Foundation

Hero Award

Glendale Youth Alliance

WHAT EDUCATION LEADERS ARE SAYING

I can think of no one better to replace me on the Board and I’m proud to endorse Shant for the Glendale School Board’s District D seat.

Christine WaltersGlendale School Board Member & Past President

Shant’s years of community service has shown us his dedication to improving the lives of our youth.

Armina GharpetianGlendale School Board President

Shant's extensive experience and dedication to the community makes him the best choice for GUSD’s District D.

Anita Quinonez GabrielianGlendale Community College Board of Trustees President

Shant's leadership and involvement in the community serves as a testament to his commitment to our families and the success of our students.

Sandy RussellFormer Glendale School Board Member

Shant's years of experience in serving the youth of our community will make him a valuable asset to our District.

Christine WaltersGlendale School Board Member & Past President

Shant will make us all proud as a Glendale School Board Member and he will be an excellent addition on our team.

Armina GharpetianGlendale School Board President

As a GCC alumnus, Shant sets a positive example for all of our students.

Anita Quinonez GabrielianGlendale Community College Board of Trustees President

I am confident Shant will serve the District proudly as our next School Board Member.

Sandy RussellFormer Glendale School Board Member