SOAR - Washington, DC Metro Chapter

The Washington, DC Metro chapter became part of the SOAR family in April 2008 and spans the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland. The Armenian community in Washington, DC. grew as the Federal Government assumed a larger role in domestic and international affairs. Particularly after the Second World War, the Armenian community in the Nation’s Capital and surrounding areas has grown steadily. Today, well over eight thousand Armenians live in the area and are engaged in diverse professional and academic activities.


Anna Sahakyan

Anna Sahakyan is an experienced non-profit sector and international development professional with over 20 years of experience in community development, humanitarian aid, civil society and governance programs. Ms. Sahakyan is recognized for her strong leadership skills, high-impact delivery and success in managing community mobilization, advocacy, civic engagement, institutional development and emergency relief programs. Ms. Sahakyan is an effective convener and institutional representative with multi-regional and sectoral experience, focused on leveraging industry-wide knowledge and best-practices in shaping programming, grant making, and operational policy and procedures.


Ms. Sahakyan has regional expertise in Latin America, New Independent States (former Soviet Union), and Central and Eastern Europe, including ten years of experience in the field working with American Red Cross, UNHCR, as well as serving as Counterpart’s Regional Representative and Acting Chief of Party in Uzbekistan and Armenia.  Ms. Sahakyan holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Foreign Language, and a Master’s degree of Arts in Foreign Language and Psychology from Brusov State University in Armenia. She speaks four languages including English, Russian, Armenian and Spanish.

Ani Danielian Huang
Vice President

Ani Huang is Senior Vice President of HR Policy Association, the lead public policy organization of chief human resource officers representing the largest employers doing business in the United States and globally, and President of its Center On Executive Compensation. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of executive compensation and governance.

Prior to HR Policy Association, Ani was Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits at Global Payments, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, Ani held various positions at Deutsche Bank A.G. in New York and Tokyo, Japan. She is a graduate of Stanford University and resides in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Leana Derbarghamian

Leana is a board member to SOAR-DC chapter and serves as the Treasurer.  She has served the DC-Metro community as a Trustee and General Counsel to various non-profits for over ten years.  Her experience in litigation and corporate law coupled with her background in business matters, has lead her to her current role as the General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a national healthcare cost containment company based out of Maryland.  In addition to the healthcare community, Leana was intimately involved in the legal aspects of the acquisition and construction of real estate within DC, MD and VA during her reign as the in-house counsel to a local builder.  She enjoys serving her community and assisting Armenian children in growth, health, and education.

John Garabadian

Mr. Garabadian is a leading business executive, with over 25 years of experience in technology related businesses. He began his distinguished career in the telecommunications industry, leading the design and build out of mobile networks for major Tier 1 carriers in the Southeast Asia region via his senior management role in leading wireless networking and consulting companies. Following his roles for major network equipment providers, he began his foray into entrepreneurship by co-founding a wireless network operator in Cambodia and Laos. Currently, his new companies are working within the renewable energy sector in Southeast Asia, investing and building Solar, Wind, and other Energy Efficiency Projects in Thailand and the rest of Asia.

Armineh Ghazarian

Armineh earned her Master of Science in Finance from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, as well as her  Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bio-business from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science, Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

Armineh is currently a Program Analyst at the National Institute of Aging, Office of Small Business Research. Previously she has worked in various research and financial analysis positions, most recently as an intern for Birthright Armenia. Her involvement in the community is strong, including founding and chairing several Armenian organizations.

Armineh is fluent in Armenian, English, and can speak Farsi.


Dr. Gagik Karapetyan

Meri Manukyan

Tania Odabashian

Haykuhi Sekhposyan