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Elena BolbolianDirector of Innovation, Performance and Audit

Elena has worked for the City of Glendale for 24 years in various capacities. Prior to becoming Director, she served as the Deputy Director of Community Development overseeing two divisions, Administration and Neighborhood Services, and was responsible for 45 employees. As the Deputy, she consolidated administrative procedures to build efficiencies in the wake of staff and funding reductions and oversaw the elimination of an inspection backlog and program restructure to produce more efficient inspection turnaround times. She started her career with Glendale having first joined the City as a youth worker in 1993 through the Glendale Youth Alliance’s youth employment program. Elena attended Glendale schools, then went to UCLA, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2002 followed by her Master's in Public Administration from CSUN in 2005.

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Jessie Zhang, Internal Audit Manager

Jessie has worked for the City of Glendale since 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in accountancy from California State University, Los Angeles, with a focus on Information Systems. She has four professional certifications including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) licenses. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).



Natalie Minami-Valdivia, Senior Internal Auditor 

Natalie has worked for the City of Glendale since 2001. Prior to working for the City, she worked as an internal auditor for one of the big four public accounting firms. Natalie holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Economics with an Accounting emphasis, and Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a CPA and CIA. She is also a member of the IIA and ALGA.


Sameel SalimSenior Internal Auditor 

Sameel is a CPA with an Accounting degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to working for the City, he worked in the electric public utility industry for over 10 years performing a variety of operational, compliance, and consulting engagements. The lack of continuity and repetitiveness throughout his career has prepared Sameel to enter varying environments, quickly get up to speed, and deliver value-added recommendations that improve controls and/or operations.














Ani Antanesyan, Internal Auditor

Ani joined the City of Glendale in 2018.  Previously, she was working as a Program Performance Auditor at the City of San José, where she worked on a variety of operational audits aimed at improving the performance of programs and services including recycled water delivery, disability retirement, pensionable earnings and mobile devices.  Ani was first introduced to auditing when she was first hired as an Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC.  She earned a B.A. degree in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California; she is a member of the Association of Local Government Auditors and the Institute of Internal Auditors. 

Ani grew up in Glendale, attending its schools and obtained her first job through the Glendale Youth Alliance, working at the Glendale Public Library.



Gregory Kajszo, Innovation Analyst 

Gregory Kajszo joined the City of Glendale in 2016. He has over six years of experience in the private consulting industry, where he worked as a deputized project manager for multiple high-profile energy and transportation infrastructure clients. Gregory is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning at the University of Southern California. He grew up in southern California and received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He has been living in Glendale since 2015.



Sam Angles, Innovation Intern

Sam Angles fled Boston’s cold to join the City of Glendale in 2017. He graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with his bachelor's degree in Political Communications. He then went on to get his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. All the while, Sam built an extensive resume in federal, county, and local government.

Sam specializes in analyzing data, and telling their stories.





Members of Glendale's Lean Six Sigma Teams

A special shout out to the following 20 trained Lean Six Sigma staff who complement the Innovation, Performance & Audit (IPA) Team. The Lean Six Sigma teams bring cross-departmental expertise to City operations by going above and beyond their typical City duties to find new ways to deliver great service.  


Name Title Department/Division
Dorine Martirosian Sr. Assistant City Attorney City Attorney
Yvette Neukian Assistant City Attorney City Attorney
Anita Shandi Public Information Officer Fire
Julie Schaeffer Fire Administrator Fire
Nick Nie Housing Systems Analyst Housing
Irma Isayan IT Project Manager Information Services
Rene Sada Sr. Code Compliance Inspector Code Enforcement
Karine Grigoryan Youth Services Manager Community Services and Parks
Koko Panossian Deputy Director Community Services and Parks
Sevag Garabetian Sr. Community Services Supervisor Community Services and Parks
Cassandra Pruett Planner Planning
AC Brogdon Sr. Forensic Specialist Police
Catherine Nguyen DNA Lab Supervisor Police
Angelina Shoemake Police Custody Supervisor Police
Tracey McCollum Police Records Supervisor Police
Mary Gonzalez Police Communications Supervisor Police
John Hicks Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent Public Works
Craig Hinckley Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Public Works
Miriam Padron Customer Service Operations Manager Water & Power
James Saenz Water Quality Manager Water & Power