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.

Nunik Nishanian

Nunik Nishanian graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics from Duke University in 2007, earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Systems Management from American University of Armenia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Yerevan State University. She is a Research, Project Management and Organizational Development specialist with over ten years’ experience working for nonprofits, for profits and Research Institutions both in the U.S. and the developing countries in mid-to upper level management and consultancy positions. Nunik has significant experience in database analysis and forecast, project design and management, operational systems development, strategic planning and organizational change management.

Stella Grigoryan
Marketing Director

Stella is a video journalist, producer and a host at Voice of America’s Armenian Service. She is committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Stella received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern University of Yerevan. Stella is also a linguist, specializing in English, Russian and Armenian languages.

Ellie Mueller
Creative Director

Ellie Mueller is a Graphic Designer for an in-house creative team at The Heritage Foundation, a non-profit academic think tank in Washington, D.C. She creates print and digital elements for the organization including logo design, booklets, promotional products, invitations, and event collateral. She has worked with local business like Surroundings, Candlelight Floral, and University of Minnesota Duluth’s School of Fine Arts. Ellie’s an advocate for adoption and aspires to build and produce engaging and impactful designs that promote and communicate missions she believes in. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Anne Chadoian

Bio coming soon

Leana Derbarghamian

Bio coming soon

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

Tania Odabashian

Haykuhi Sekhposyan