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Assistant Director of 
Community Development

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Principal Administrative

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Ani Pogossian, City of Glendale

Economic Development Coordinator

Ani Pogossian started her career with the City of Glendale's Redevelopment Agency/Economic Development in 2011. In her current role as Economic Development Coordinator, Ani serves as

the business services liaison for the  

Downtown Glendale Association, manages the two new Accelerator Operators in the City of Glendale and their contracts, leads Glendale Tech efforts, serves as the division's budget and financial liaison, and continues efforts with proactive business outreach. Ani earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University - Northridge (CSUN) and holds a Masters in Public Administration from CSUN.

Juan Gonzalez

Neighborhood Services Supervisor

Juan Gonzalez joined the Economic Development Team in 2019 and serves as the senior member of the Community Outreach team. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing

outreach campaigns, organizing community meetings and special events, producing print and video communications, and collaborating with business and community groups supporting Economic Development initiatives.  Juan joins the team with nearly 25 years of community outreach experience with the City of Glendale. He served as Project Manager for the “Be Street Smart Glendale” safety education campaign, implemented community gardens on vacant parcels of land, organized in-school education programming, and led the efforts to obtain California Healthy City and Keep America Beautiful affiliate status for Glendale. Mr. Gonzalez earned his Bachelor's Degree in Art from California State University at Northridge.

Sandra Rodriguez

Program Coordinator

Sandra Rodríguez joined the City of Glendale in 2002. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Community Development Department (CDD). She is responsible for managing the department's marketing, media and 

public relations efforts. Some of her duties include, project management, digital content creation and management, social media marketing, video production, media relations and creative direction. She currently handles the department's marketing needs relating to economic development, business attraction, Glendale Tech Week, planning, urban design & mobility, affordable housing and building & safety/permit services. Sandra has over 20 years of experience working in the public sector, having worked with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors prior to coming to the City of Glendale. Sandra holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. 

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Business Outreach Liaison

John Bandek joined the Economic Development Team in 2019 as the Division's Marketing Intern. In 2021, John advanced his career at the City of Glendale by promoting to Business Outreach Liaison. In this role, John is

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Hourly City Worker

Sevak Dishoian joined the Economic Development Division in 2018 as a Glendale Youth Alliance youth worker. Currently, Sevak supports the Division's customer service, concierge and marketing teams. He uses his excellent customer 

responsible for forming working relationships between private sector business owners, public and not-for-profit institutions, community leaders, and City of Glendale staff. He is responsible for developing, writing, editing, and producing promotional and marketing materials for print, social media, and other platforms to create public awareness of the division's work, progress, and programs. John is also responsible for developing and implementing business attraction, retention, and expansion strategies. John holds a Bachelor's of Science in Management from Pepperdine University and is pursuing an MBA from Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School.

service skills to serve the business community in a variety of ways including through the Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Sevak is instrumental in the development of marketing assets to help promote the programs and projects of the Economic Development Division. He also provides support with website content management and economic development projects as they arise. Sevak is in his final year at Glendale Community College and plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.​​​​ 

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Deputy Director of Community Development 

Mark Berry has over 20 years of experience in municipal government with the cities of Burbank and Glendale. Mark started in Glendale in 2001 as a Project Manager with the former Glendale Redevelopment Agency. He specializes in the planning, entitlement, and implementation of complex development projects and provides support to small businesses as part of the City's business attraction and retention programs.  During his tenure in Glendale, Mark has been responsible for managing a number of high profile projects including; the Americana at Brand, the Masonic Temple adaptive reuse, the Laemmle Lofts , the Glendale Galleria renovation, Bloomingdales, and a number of mixed-use and commercial projects in Downtown Glendale. Mark holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Southern California, and also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. 

Principal Development Officer

Allen Castillo has over 20 years of municipal government experience with the cities of El Monte and Glendale. His career in Glendale started in 2007 as a Project Manager with the former Glendale Redevelopment Agency and currently serves as a Principal Development Officer for the Community Development Department. Allen plays a vital role in ensuring a smooth transition into the building permits process on various citywide high-profile and complex commercial, residential, mixed-use, and industrial development projects.  During his tenure in Glendale, Allen has been responsible for managing numerous high-profile projects, including; Hyatt, Hampton Inn, BMW, Lexus, Subaru, and the Grand Central Air Terminal Building, to name a few. In addition to this, Allen has successfully assisted with 15 residential and mixed-use projects with 3,000 units totaling $450M. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California.

Tamar has worked for the City of Glendale since 2011. She has served in a public relations capacity in the Glendale Police and Fire Departments and the City

Manager’s Office. Tamar came to Community Development in 2015 as the Coordinator for business attraction, development, and marketing in the Economic Development Division. In her most recent position as Senior Administrative Officer, Tamar provided budget preparation and oversight, strategic departmental analysis, and management of the Successor Agency. She currently oversees all the administrative functions of the department including budgeting, human resources and divisional support. Tamar has a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Administration from USC.