Stella Maloyan moved to the Northwest Valley when she was just 15 years old seeking freedom and safety ahead of the Iranian revolution. She worked and earned her degree at California State University, Northridge. Stella raised her family in Porter Ranch, became an active parent with her children’s schools, and as a community volunteer, led the fundraising effort for local kids to have a new soccer field.
Stella’s early activism drove her to bring improvements on a larger scale to our community, create more opportunities for working people to reach the middle class, and to fight for gender equity. As an executive with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) for nearly two decades, Stella has united neighbors, workers, and small business owners to hold city hall accountable, build affordable housing, clean our air and water, increase funding for our schools, and create the kinds of good-paying jobs that have helped strengthen our communities.
To empower women throughout the region, Stella cofounded the Women for a New Los Angeles—the largest gathering of women leaders in California. She also created the Beth & Julia Meltzer internship program six years ago with the objective of building leadership skills and job placement for young women. Hundreds of women have graduated through the program and started their own successful careers.
Stella, a progressive Democrat, was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as his Commissioner on the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board and she worked to increase civic activities through her work with the Getty House Foundation. Stella has also been a leader on international humanitarian efforts while serving as a board member to the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the Program for Torture Victims (PTVLA).
Stella lives in Porter Ranch with her daughter, Michelle, and son, Nicholas.
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