Harout Harry Semerdjian currently serves as Director of Government Affairs and Resilience Officer at MySafe:LA, a public safety and disaster preparedness organization and education partner of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Harout is also the founding Chairman of the Community Affairs Council of the Consulate General of Armenia, which acts as a bridge between the Consulate and the wider community. In February 2018, the group organized the first annual Mexican-Armenian Cultural Week in Los Angeles, bringing together two of the largest ethnic communities in the City. This successful partnership is an example of Harout’s vision of promoting cooperation between the diverse ethnic, racial, religious and cultural populations of Los Angeles and beyond.
Harout’s past professional experience includes working for the City of Los Angeles, Defense Contracting in Washington DC, as well as the non-profit sector. Harout is also an academic and foreign policy expert with specialization on global energy geopolitics, counter-terrorism and security, human rights, and Middle Eastern and Eurasian affairs. He has received his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College.