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Nina Hachigian
Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

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Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Ambassador Nina Hachigian to be the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs. Her office seeks to use and expand Los Angeles’global ties to help bring jobs, economic opportunity, culture, visitors and a great Olympics to the city.

From 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Hachigian served as the second U.S.Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During hertenure, the United States established a strategic partnership with ASEAN, heldthe first Leaders’ Summit in the United States, launched a Presidential initiativeon economic cooperation, established the U.S.-ASEAN Women’s LeadershipAcademy and grew the youth program to over 100,000 members. She wasawarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for her service. She isalso a founder of WASA, Women Ambassadors Serving America, a group ofsome 200 current and former Ambassadors.

Earlier, Ambassador Hachigian was a Senior Fellow and a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress focused on Asia policy and U.S.-China relations. In 2012, she was the co-director of Asia policy for the Obama campaign. Prior to that, Ambassador Hachigian was the director of the RANDCenter for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Ambassador Hachigian served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House from 1998-1999. She is the editor of Debating China: The U.S. – China Relationship in TenConversations (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author of The NextAmerican Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon &Schuster, 2008).

Ambassador Hachigian was a founding Board member of the State Department’sInternational Security Advisory Board. She is a Board Member of the PacificCouncil on International Policy and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hachigian received her B.S. from Yale University, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, with distinction. She lives in the great City of Los Angeles with her husband and children.