South Pasadena School Board Member, Dr. Suzie Abajian, was honored as the 41st Assembly District Democrat of the Year at the Annual LA County Democratic Party Gala on Sunday Oct. 29, 2017. Assembly District 41 includes South Pasadena and stretches from Pasadena across the San Gabriel Valley to Claremont.
In addition to being elected to the SPUSD Board in 2015, Dr. Abajian has been an active Democrat and has played a key role in the recent relaunching of the South Pasadena Democratic Club. In the past few years, Dr. Abajian has raised tens of thousands of dollars and offered critical support for campaigns of local progressive Democratic candidates. Additionally, Dr. Abajian has served on the boards of local non-profits including Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action and Vecinos de South Pasadena. She currently serves on the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, is the secretary of the Five Star Coalition comprised of five local school boards and is a member of National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) of Greater Pasadena.
Dr. Abajian has also been involved in the local organic food movement. Her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) sites in Pasadena and Los Angeles have provided over 1000 families with weekly local organic produce for the past 8.5 years. She is the recipient of a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Judy Chu for her community work.
Dr. Abajian was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 12 years old. She currently teaches at Occidental College and lives with her husband Sean in South Pasadena.