Energy & Environment Committee
Director of Public Affairs, Southern California Edison
Zanku Armenian is Director of Public Affairs for Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He manages external outreach and public engagement efforts on major policy issues, working with local and regional governments and community stakeholders throughout SCE’s service territory that includes 200 local cities and counties covering 50,000-square-miles within Central, Coastal and Southern California. He also is a senior member of the company’s emergency preparedness and crisis response teams. He previously served in SCE’s Corporate Communications department.
Mr. Armenian has three decades of experience leading public affairs campaigns and communications strategies for major corporations and high-profile issues working out of Washington, DC, Silicon Valley and southern California. Prior to SCE, he worked at the Motion Picture Association of America driving communications programs. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Western Region General Manager with Brodeur Worldwide, a global technology public relations firm, having established Brodeur’s Washington, D.C. office earlier.
In Washington, he has worked with many different industry sectors as a founding member of public affairs firm Powell Tate, established by President Jimmy Carter’s press secretary Jody Powell and First Lady Nancy Reagan’s press secretary Sheila Tate. He also has held positions with global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, ABC News, in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, including the office of former Senator and now Vice President Joseph Biden. Armenian also has been very active in national, state, local and presidential political campaigns.
Active with many community-based organizations, Armenian has served as President of the City of Glendale’s Water and Power Commission and currently serves on Glendale’s Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, which is responsible for allocating HUD funds to local non-profits supporting low income, senior and youth programs. He also serves on multiple boards including the board of the University of Southern California’s 18Price School of Public Policy Local Leaders Program and is Co-Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation).
Mr. Armenian is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a B.A. in mass communication and a secondary concentration in government and politics. He also has advanced certifications in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the crisis management system sponsored and organized by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).