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Growing Up Adrin

Adrin Nazarian (He/Him/His) was born in 1973. In 1981, at the age of 8, political upheaval and war with neighboring Iraq forced Adrin and his family to flee Iran and immigrate to the United States. For years, Adrin’s family remained separated across the globe until finally reuniting and settling in the San Fernando Valley.

Growing up, Adrin excelled academically and worked part-time in local Valley banks to support his education. He attended Pierce College, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and in 1996 earned a degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Adrin with President Bill Clinton

Entering Public Service

During his time in school, Adrin became actively involved in civic engagements. He interned in the office of former Congressman Howard Berman and volunteered for various non-profit organizations focused on youth and civic engagement.

As a founding board member of Generation Next, he dedicated efforts to mentoring and supporting young individuals facing poverty and other challenges.

Adrin was accepted into the prestigious CORO Fellowship Program, gaining experience in the offices of elected officials such as Congressman Brad Sherman, Governor Gray Davis, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom Labonge. He eventually became Chief of Staff to then Assistant Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, Paul Krekorian.

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Adrin with constituents

Service in the California State Assembly

Despite being heavily outspent, Adrin Nazarian won an underdog campaign and was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2012.

Over a decade of service until 2022, representing California’s 46th Assembly District, he championed numerous legislative initiatives and secured substantial state investments in his district. Including the Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village. Among Assemblymember Nazarian’s significant accomplishments were streamlining access to senior services, implementing new tenant protections, preserving affordable housing, expanding mass transit access in the Valley, enhancing medical disclosure requirements by doctors, and establishing the largest college savings program in the United States.

Adrin with constituents