The GWP Commission acts as an advisory body to GWP. It consists of five Glendale residents who serve without compensation and are appointed by a majority of the City Council for three-year terms. Their duties are outlined in the Glendale Municipal Code.
Hrand Avanessian - President
Hrand Avanessian has over 45 years experience in the development and design of power systems. Mr. Avanessian received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Pahlavi (Shiraz) University in Iran, and holds a PE Certification in States of California and Nevada. His area of specialization is Power System Studies
Mr. Avanessian has worked for ORSA Substation Consulting Engineers Co.; Hampton Tedder High Voltage Testing Co.; Parsons Inc.; WorleyParsons Inc, Fluor Inc. At this time he is running his own company Hi Tech Era Inc.
- Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Roland Kedikian - Secretary
Roland Kedikian has been a practicing attorney since 1997 focusing exclusively in bankruptcy law. He provides debt relief services to individuals and businesses experiencing financial hardship. With offices in Glendale and Arcadia, he serves the southern California communities and cities within the San Fernando and San Gabriel valley regions.
Prior to transitioning into law, Roland worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer where he helped develop vibration suppression methodology for use on satellite systems. Roland subsequently transitioned into law where he obtained certification as a patent attorney.
Roland received his bachelors of science in aerospace engineering in 1993 from Cal Poly Pomona and his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997. He is active in civic communities and has been a resident of Glendale since 2001.
Sarojini Lall - Commissioner
Sarojini Lall serves as District Director for Assemblymember Laura Friedman, representing the 43rdDistrict, including Glendale, Burbank, La Canada and parts of east Los Angeles and unincorporated LA County. Previously, Sarojini was a public affairs consultant with Marathon Communications for seven years, working with a variety of business and nonprofit clients, including renewable energy developers.
Prior to her work in public affairs, Sarojini worked as a fundraiser for nonprofits, including the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and the American Film Institute. She started her career in development at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Lall is an alumna of Smith College, and has a Master’s Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Prior to her appointment to the GWP Commission, Ms. Lall previously served briefly on the Commission on the Status of Women. She has lived in Glendale since 2001.
Andy Carrasco - Commissioner
Dan Watson - Commissioner
Dan Watson retired in 2014 after spending over 41 years in municipal law enforcement. The first 28 years were with the Los Angeles Police Department. He obtained the rank of Commander and served in many different commands. In 2002 he was appointed Police Chief for the City of South Pasadena where he served for more than 8 years. He finished his law enforcement career as the Police Chief in Mammoth Lakes, home to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, where he served for more than 4 years.
Dan has an extensive background in law enforcement training which includes working as a training consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has provided training and organizational development expertise in Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, South Africa and most recently in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dan also works part-time as a Director of Client Relations for Arroyo Investment Group, a Pasadena money management firm. He sits on the Boards of Directors of the South Pasadena Rotary Club where he’s served as president twice, the Desert Refuge for Peace Officers, the Los Angeles Retired Fire and Police Association, and is a member of the Glendale Police-Community Advisory Panel.
Dan is a third generation Glendale resident and a product of Glendale Schools. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Attending a Commission Meeting
Glendale residents are encouraged to attend monthly GWP Commission meetings to share suggestions, compliments, complaints, ideas and provide feedback on our programs. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month in the Glendale City Council Chambers at 4:00 p.m., and usually last two hours.
Presentations made to the GWP Commission can be seen by viewing City of Glendale's Streaming Video Archive page.