Armenian Church Endowment Fund Appoints Executive Director

The Armenian Church Endowment Fund (ACEF), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is pleased to announce that Lisa Kazanjian has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive Director.

Gregory Zorthian, Chair of ACEF’s Board of Directors, stated, “The need for an Executive Director was clear. Thanks to the expertise of our professional advisors and Investment Committee and our contributing participants, ACEF has grown from $1.7 million in 1979 to $140 million today.”

Kazanjian, who joined ACEF’s Board in 2021 and served as its Treasurer, will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of ACEF and promoting its mission to support those parishes and individuals who choose to create a legacy through long-term investment planning. She will report to the Board Chair and work closely with its Executive Committee. “I am excited about this opportunity, as it enables me not only to apply my background in business development, marketing and finance, but also to give back to the Armenian church and community, which gratefully has enhanced my life in multiple ways.” Kazanjian, who has spent most of her career with non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations, recently worked in strategic marketing for Epsilon, a Publicis Groupe company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and marketing and is a lifelong member of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church (Wynnewood, Pa.)

Zorthian added, “Upon joining our Board, Lisa quickly established strong relationships with our team and staff and became an active member of the Executive and Communications Committees. The Board and I are confident that her organizational, interpersonal and creative skills will continue to enable her to significantly contribute to ACEF. We look forward to working with her as we take ACEF to new heights.”