City of San Gabriel
With over 16-years of experience in every element of Community Development, Arminé Chaparyan joined the City of San Gabriel team as the Community Development Director in December of 2014. In this role, she oversees the City’s Building & Safety, Economic Development, Neighborhood Improvement Services, and Planning Divisions.
Prior to coming to the City of San Gabriel, she served as the Housing & Community Preservation Manager and Interim City Clerk for the City of Santa Clarita. She managed the City’s redevelopment, housing, and code enforcement efforts. Arminé was responsible for the oversight of major redevelopment projects, serving as lead negotiator in several high profile property transactions, implemented the City Council’s adopted Specific Plan for the revitalization efforts of Old Town Newhall, created an economic development program which led to marketing and promotions resulting in attraction of new retail, retention and expansion of existing businesses, and the creation of dynamic events, bringing in thousands of people to the downtown.
The Specific Plan in particular entailed streetscape improvements, the construction of a $25 million public library, and various other infrastructure improvements to the downtown core. She also managed the City’s CDBG program which included grants for 14 non-profits, housing rehabilitation programs, along with the City’s First Time Homebuyer Program. Since August of 2012, she was provided an opportunity to also take on the role of Interim City Clerk, where she provided direct support to the City Council, serving as the City’s Election Official in a 13-candidate municipal election and managing a significant public billboard ballot measure initiative.
Prior to joining the City of Santa Clarita, Arminé served as a Senior Project Manager for the City of Ontario Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Agency. In this role, Arminé oversaw the Agency’s neighborhood revitalization program and developed and implemented a variety of housing/redevelopment projects, including infill housing developments, single-family rehabilitation programs, and first-time homebuyer programs. Some of the projects she worked on included a $180 million development with 592 housing units, retail components, and a senior complex within downtown Ontario.
Arminé’s had the opportunity to be exposed to different levels of governance, having previously also worked for the State of California, the City of West Covina, and later as an associate consultant for Rosenow Spevacek Group (RSG) where she was able to consult various levels of government entities on their redevelopment activities, including adopting new redevelopment areas, helping develop realistic implementation plans, and cash-flow analysis.
Arminé holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She was born and raised in the former Soviet republic of Armenia and upon migrating to the United States, her family lived in the nearby City of Pasadena. She considers this opportunity as a homecoming to the San Gabriel Valley and is excited to be a part of all the unique projects and programs that the community has to offer.