About John

John Harabedian (38) is a lifelong resident of the 5th District. Born and raised in Sierra Madre, he has served on the Sierra Madre City Council since 2012. John went to local schools in Sierra Madre—Sierra Madre Elementary and St. Rita Elementary School—and subsequently graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles as the Loyola Award Winner (highest award given at graduation). He then matriculated to Yale University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and was involved in various activities, including being a member of student government and the Association of Native Americans at Yale. John graduated with an M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University, and then served as a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles, where he worked with AFSCME Local District 36 and helped Debra Bowen win her first Secretary of State Campaign over Republican Bruce McPherson. He then worked as a Policy Analyst in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office, before attending Stanford Law School. During law school, John served as a certified student-attorney in Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and led the Equality Pro Bono Project which worked directly with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in providing pro bono legal services to the LGBTQ community.

Upon graduating from Stanford, John clerked for federal district court judge Josephine Staton, and then joined the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP. John also served as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. He is currently an Associate Investment Manager and Legal Counsel for Bentham IMF, a litigation finance company. He is an ADEM delegate for Assembly District 41 (having served in the same capacity in 2015), and is active in local Democratic politics.

He lives in Sierra Madre with his wife Young-Gi Harabedian and his two sons, John (5) and Joshua (1). He served as Mayor of Sierra Madre in 2014-15 and was once again selected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Mayor in 2019. He serves on various regional boards, including the Clean Power Alliance, and also serves as a board member of the California Acupuncture Board.

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