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John Harabedian is a California State Board President, attorney, father, and former City Councilmember and Mayor.  

John was born and raised in Sierra Madre, in the heart of the 41st State Assembly District. He was elected to the Sierra Madre City Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, and twice served as Mayor. John led efforts in Sierra Madre and the region to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, reduce homelessness, and improve municipal services. He spearheaded a groundbreaking solar energy project that now serves Sierra Madre residents, and served as a founding board member of the Clean Power Alliance.

Professionally, John has worked as a prosecutor at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney at Latham & Watkins, Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and the Equality Pro Bono Project. As a CORO Fellow, John worked with AFSCME District Council 36 and as a Policy Analyst for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. He currently serves as a Regional Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, as President  of the California Department of Consumer Affairs Acupuncture Board, and as a board member of the Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party recognized John as Assembly District 41’s “Democrat of the Year” in 2020.

A proud graduate of Loyola High School, John earned his bachelor’s degree at Yale University, master’s degree in comparative social policy from Oxford University, and law degree from Stanford University.

John lives in Pasadena with his wife, Young-Gi, and their three children.

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