The High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of RA
Place of birth
Zareh Sinanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1973 and attended the local school No. 172.
He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1988 and settled in Burbank, California. Sinanyan attended the John Muir Middle School in Burbank and went on to graduate from Burbank High School. In 1997 he earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then attended law school at the University of Southern California, where he obtained his Juris Doctor. While in law school, Sinanyan worked for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and interned for Justice Earl Johnson of the California Court of Appeal. After his graduation from law school, he entered civil litigation service, working for several law firms.
In 2006, Sinanyan was appointed to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission of Glendale, California, and held this position until 2008. He was also appointed to and served on the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee from 2008 through 2013. He served as chairman to the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee from 2009 through 2011.
In April 2013, Sinanyan was elected to the Glendale City Council. He was the first Armenian-born politician elected in the United States, and as a Council Member in Glendale, which is home to the largest concentrated Armenian diaspora community in the world. From April 2013 through April 2014, and from April 2017 through April 2018 he served as Chairman of the Glendale Housing Authority, he was also the founding Chair of the Glendale Economic Development Corporation.
Sinanyan served as Mayor of Glendale from April 2014 through April 2015, and April 2018 through June 2019.
From May of 2017 through June of 2019 Sinanyan served as Chair of Eco-Rapid Transit rail authority and President of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. From March 2017 through June of 2019 Sinanyan served on the Metropolitan Water District Board and Southern California Association of Governments Board of Directors.
On June 14, 2019, Sinanyan was appointed to serve as the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. He has been living in Armenia since then.
Sinanyan is married, he has one daughter and three sons.
News and announcements
"Alley of Armenian Benefactors" Memorial Complex Disfigured
11 March 2021
Several days ago, the "Alley of Armenian Benefactors" Memorial Complex, located next to the statue of Mikayel Nalbandian was disfigured, the metal faces were stolen, sparking outrage among our compatriots from the Diaspora.Read More
High Commissioner visited the city of Yekaterinburg
09 March 2021
At the end of his work visit to Russia, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan visited the city of Yekaterinburg.Read More
For the first time, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan visited the Armenian communities of Ural
08 March 2021
For the first time, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan visited the Armenian communities of Ural, particularly Tyumen.Read More
High Commissioner had an open-door meeting with representatives of the Armenian community
04 March 2021
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan had an open-door meeting with representatives of the Armenian community at the Armenian Embassy in Russia.Read More
High Commissioner met with members of the Armenian Lawyers Association in Moscow
03 March 2021
During a work visit to Russia, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan met with members of the Armenian Lawyers Association in Moscow.Read More
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan expressed gratitude to the doctors at VIVA Charity Foundation
03 March 2021
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan expressed gratitude to the doctors at VIVA Charity Foundation for their professional support during the second Artsakh war.Read More
"Krunk" Armenian community held an all-Russian congress of Armenian activists
02 March 2021
"Krunk" Armenian community of the Saratov region held an all-Russian congress of Armenian activists, attended by High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan.Read More
Meeting with members of the “Reform and Business” Association
01 March 2021
During a work visit to Russia, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan met with members of the “Reform and Business” Association, where they discussed matters associated with the state-business-diaspora link.Read More
Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Andrey Rudenko
28 Fabruary 2021
During a work visit to Russia, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan met with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Andrey Rudenko. In the course of the meeting, issues related to the restoration of Artsakh were discussed first and foremost.Read More
“My school is multinational, like Noah’s Ark”
27 Fabruary 2021
During a meeting with Diaspora High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan in Moscow, this is how Director Gayane Abrahamyan dubbed her school. The meeting took place on February 25th at the famous No. 2042 school in Lazarevsky district, where Armenian is taught as a foreign language.Read More
Meeting with Armenian youth representatives from Moscow
26 Fabruary 2021
Diaspora High Commissioner, Zareh Sinanyan, visited the Armenian Embassy in Russia on February 25th for a meeting with Armenian youth representatives from Moscow.Read More
Zareh Sinanyan visited Karmir Shuka and Taghavard villages
25 January 2021
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan visited Karmir Shuka and Taghavard villages in the region of Martuni in Artsakh.Read More
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan's interview with Ukraine 24
02 October 2020
In an interview with Ukraine 24, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan stated the following,Read More
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan participated in the World Online Forum of the Cyprus Diaspora
01 August 2020
At the invitation of Fotis Fotiou, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan participated in the World Online Forum of the Cyprus Diaspora.Read More
High Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan in Conversation with "CivilNet"
29 July 2020
In a conversation with "CivilNet", High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Zareh Sinanyan, voiced concern over the recent Azerbaijani aggression on the Armenian border, highlighting several important issues:Read More
The Role of the Diaspora and International Cooperation Measures
23 June 2020
The speakers are discussing the role of the Diaspora and international cooperation measures taken for the fight against COVID-19 in Armenia, and announcing new initiatives.Read More
Nation under lockdown, borderless through Diaspora
18 June 2020
Օnline webinar Nation under lockdown, borderless through DiasporaRead More
Only a Few Hours Left Until “Imagine Armenia Lebanon” Goes Live
05 June 2020
The Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs will participate in the online forum; High Commissioner Sinanyan will give the opening remarks, and present current approaches to repatriation and Armenia-Diaspora relations.Read More
$ 9 Million Investment from the Diaspora
07 May 2020
On May 6th, construction officially began on the “Areg Energia” solar farm in the Saravan region of Vayots Dzor. RA High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan, Vayots Dzor Regional Governor Ararat Grigoryan, Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Armenia Armen Khachatryan, Diaspora Armenian businessman, co-investor Ashot Mkrtchyan and others were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.Read More