PASADENA — ColoradoBoulevard.net:
Pasadena City Manager, Miguel Márquez, announced the appointment of Koko Panossian as the new Director of Pasadena’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) Department.
By News Desk
Koko Panossian currently serves as the Deputy Director of the City of Glendale Community Services & Parks, directing all aspects of park operations and planning, managing 46 park and recreation facilities, creating and overseeing innovative programming, and providing support to cultural and arts programs and personnel.
“I am very excited to have Koko join our leadership team,” said Pasadena City Manager Miguel Márquez. “His extensive experience in all aspects of a large municipal parks and community services department is invaluable, as is his ability to connect with a variety of constituencies regardless of interests, level of involvement, or socioeconomic status. I look forward to our residents getting to know Koko in the months ahead.”
In May 2023, the City solicited feedback from Pasadena residents on the Director’s position, which oversees recreational programs, sports leagues, community and social services, and educational activities, facilities, and citywide celebrations and cultural events such as the Latino Heritage and Black History parades and festivals.
“I believe in the profound impact public spaces and programming can have on a community,” said Panossian. “As a public servant, l strive to give my best to our profession. To serve as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services in Pasadena–the community where I grew up–is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Panossian has volunteered his time with the American Red Cross, the American Youth Soccer Organization, and the University of California, Riverside, among many organizations.
He is a graduate of Pasadena’s John Muir High School, earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Irvine, in Political Science and International Studies, and he holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Koko Panossian and his wife, Azig, have two daughters, Haylee and Aleena.
Panossian will begin his service in Pasadena on October 2, 2023.
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