Maral Chalian

Maral Chalian is a recognized leader in the global non-profit sector. At the beginning of her career, Maral pioneered a program to deliver and distribute humanitarian cargo to emerging democracies.  Working closely with United States and global leaders, Maral developed duty-free customs procedures, policies for equitable distribution of supplies, and efficient logistics for delivery of aid.

After serving for over 10 years on the Community Advisory Board of Los Angeles Public Television (KCET), Maral was asked to lead the development efforts in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Within 2 years, donations increased by 144% in the region. Maral also had record-breaking success as an on-air pledge drive host, hosting live and taped segments for the largest public television station in the country (at the time).

Maral was part of the team that successfully launched the undergraduate program at the American University of Armenia (AUA), affiliated with the University of California. As the university’s first-ever Vice President of University Advancement, Maral built a team of dedicated professionals, overseeing all outward-facing divisions of the University (including U.S. Government Relations, Communications, Marketing, Career Center, university website, etc.). Maral’s teams were consistently recognized for their collaboration, focus, and enthusiasm.

Maral has twice been invited to speak at the United Nations DPI/NGO Conference. Her professional awards include the Women in Business Award by the California State Legislature.