City Hires New Deputy Manager

First published in the Jan. 21 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

Domenica Megerdichian was recently hired as deputy city manager for South Pasadena.
Megerdichian is experienced and skilled in city leadership and management; land management; grant writing; contracts negotiations and management; strategic planning; community and economic development; community outreach and engagement; special projects; and citywide events.
Bringing a dynamic, proactive, team-oriented and solutions-based approach to her work and to the agency, Megerdichian has worked for four Los Angeles-area municipalities. She most recently served as the economic development manager at the city of San Gabriel, where she focused on business service, attraction and retention to stabilize and grow the local economy during COVID-19. At the city of Torrance, she served as the management associate and oversaw land management, focused on economic development efforts and served as liaison to the city’s Social Services Commission, Homeless Task Force, and led the interdepartmental Economic Development Team. Megerdichian has previously worked for the cities of Glendale and West Hollywood in city clerk’s elections and City Council support roles, while pursuing her graduate degrees.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in media studies and social anthropology, a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on public sector leadership and management from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, with a focus on community and economic development from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Most recently, Megerdichian completed the USC Ross Minority Program in real estate.
Megerdichian is married to a fire fighter/paramedic, she is a mom to a 2-½-year-old toddler and a 5-year-old pitbull rescue, and is raising her family in the San Fernando Valley.