Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) is announced the appointment of Dan Maljanian as director of development. HMRI is a non-profit biomedical research organization dedicated to improving health and the quality of life by developing technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Known worldwide for development of the hydrocephalus shunt, the organization is also credited with pioneering work in auto safety, medical use of lasers, electrical stimulation devices and development of magnetic resonance imaging. HMRI operates independently as a research affiliate of Huntington Hospital and also partners with Caltech, USC and UCLA medical schools.
Maljanian was raised in Southern California and graduated summa cum laude in economics from UCLA where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA and JD from the University of California, Berkeley where he was also an exchange student to Harvard Law School.
After practicing law for four years in Washington, D.C., he became founder and executive director of Technical Assistance for the Republic of Armenia (TARA) in Alexandria, Va.
After relocating to California, Maljanian worked in development for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, followed by development director of the American University of Armenia’s office in Pasadena.
Most recently, Maljanian served as executive director and director of development at the Convalescent Aid Society from 2010 to 2013, where he doubled contributed income and tripled grants in his first two years, successfully weathering the deep recession, which had impacted CAS’s endowment earnings.
Maljanian resides in Altadena with his wife Patrice and three children: Adriana, Aram and Avedis.
Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, functioning as membership co-chair.