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Deputy Director of

Community Development -

Economic Development

Economic Development Coordinator

Juan Gonzalez

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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 andimplementing 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.

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Economic Development Marketing Assistant

Jennifer Coronado joined the Economic Development team in April 2022. She is responsible for social media content creation, and provides marketing assistance, helps with business industry market research, customer service support and collaborates on a number of economic development initiatives as needed.

 

She is a proud graduate of Glendale Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Human Resource Management from California State University Northridge (CSUN). 

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Bradley Calvert serves as the Assistant Director of Community Development for the City of Glendale. He oversees the current planning, long-range planning, economic development, urban design, mobility, and historic preservation divisions. He is responsible for the planning and implementation of initiatives that create vibrant neighborhoods and a sustainable, equitable, and competitive community.

 

Major initiatives have included an update of the Downtown Specific Plan, adoption of the Citywide Pedestrian Plan, and the initiation and advancement of several significant placemaking and urban design projects such as the Verdugo Wash Visioning.

 

Prior to joining the City of Glendale he was the Community Development Program Manager for the City of Bellevue, Washington where he led major planning initiatives for a new urban neighborhood that combined transit and trail-oriented development. This work was combined with major placemaking initiatives that led to the attraction and expansion of several major employers in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Bradley’s projects earned awards from the Los Angeles and Washington Chapters of the American Planning Association, the Georgia Transit Association, and the United States Green Building Council.

 

Bradley’s experience also includes architecture and transit related work, primarily focused on multi-family urban development and transit-oriented development. He holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Bradley is a an AICP planner and holds a certification from the National Charrette Institute.

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Ms. Soua Vang has more than a decade of Economic Development experience and serves as the Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Glendale's Community Development Department since 2022. She is responsible for leading and managing the Economic Development Division to implement strategic and innovative initiatives to increase quality jobs, enhance quality of life and diversify the city’s economy. 

Prior to joining Glendale, she was the Economic Development Manager for San Bernardino County for more than thirteen years and served as the interim Economic Development Director for nearly two years. During her tenure at the County, she has successfully facilitated the successful occupancy of over 10 million square feet of space for major corporate brands and small businesses resulting in over 3,500 new jobs to the Inland Empire. Soua has also cultivated strong international partnerships that have led to the signing and renewal of multiple sister city agreements with South Korea, China and Taiwan to increase bi-lateral trade, investment and economic opportunities. Under her leadership, the Economic Development Department received multiple accolades from the National Association of Counties for programs and efforts in community and economic development.

Her passion is developing productive working relationships with both public, private and education institutions to transform and add value to communities for generations to come.
 

Soua holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University of San Bernardino and her Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation from CoreNet Global, the leading professional association for corporate real estate. She is also a Young Professionals Group (YPG) alumni from NAIOP Southern California’s Real Estate Leadership Program and a graduate of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Regional Leadership Academy.

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Economic Development Coordinator

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Ani Pogossian has over 10 years of experience working in local government. She began her career at the City of Glendale's Redevelopment Agency/ Economic Development in 2011. In her current role as Economic Development Coordinator, Ani serves as the division’s budget and financial liaison, administering all of the division’s contracts, professional service agreements, and financial statements. Ani also serves as the business services liaison for the Downtown Glendale Association and manages the contracts for Glendale’s two tech accelerator operators, CHLA KidsX and Glendale Hero House. In addition, Ani leads and coordinates division events and initiatives including, Glendale Tech Week, Glendale Tech on Tap, and the Glendale Relationship Initiation Team (GRIT). Ani also leads the City’s business attraction and retention efforts and tracks economic trends and data to ensure the economic vitality of Glendale.

 

Ani earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University - Northridge (CSUN) and holds a Masters in Public Administration from CSUN.

Sandra Rodríguez joined the City of Glendale in 2002. In her current role as Economic Development Coordinator she leads the communications, marketing and public relations programs for the Economic Development Division. She manages a number of strategic initiatives and business engagement efforts. She was directly involved in developing the City's 3-year Economic Development Strategic Plan for 2022-25, and is currently coordinating the Upstart Valley tech initiative. On an ongoing basis, Sandra leads the Economic Development Division's business attraction and expansion marketing strategy. Some of her duties include, economic market data analysis, site selection assistance, project management, content management, multi-media marketing and creative direction.

 

Sandra has over 20 years of public sector experience, having worked with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors prior to coming to the City of Glendale. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Economic Development Coordinator

Hourik Hayrapetian has over 12 years of experience in public administration. She joined the City of Glendale's Management Services Team in 2015 and worked on several high-profile business initiatives and partnerships with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Centre for Public Impact. She also worked closely with the Public Information Officer and the offices of Sustainability and Innovation and served as the liaison for various boards and commissions including; the Commission on the Status of Women, Sustainability and Blue Ribbon Pension Review Committee.

Currently her priorities include international trade and foreign direct investment, retail initiatives, and sister city agreements. She works with brokers, property owners and stakeholders to promote business development . Prior to joining the City of Glendale, Hourik worked for the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Community College and Cal State University, Northridge. 

Hourik holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts in Public Administration (Public Sector Management and Leadership) from Cal State Northridge. She recently earned a certificate in Innovation Strategy from Cornell University and a certificate in Path to Innovation Methodology from Bloomberg Philanthropies. She is a member of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). 

Assistant Director of 
Community Development - Planning and Economic Development

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Economic Development Assistant

Sev Dishoian joined the Economic Development Division in 2018 and currently supports the Division's customer service, concierge and marketing teams. He is instrumental in the development of marketing collateral to help promote the programs and projects of the Economic Development Division. He assists with market and industry research and provides customer service and office support. He is involved in website content management and economic development projects as they arise.

 

Sev 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.