Florida Armenians Founder & Editor-In-Chief
Taniel Koushakjian is the founder and editor-in-chief of Florida Armenians. He has been a resident of Boca Raton, FL since 1984, where he and his family were founding members of St. David Armenian Church of Boca Raton, the first Armenian Church built in Florida. He was a member of the first Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) at St. David, and co-founded the Armenian Students’ Association in 2001.
Taniel Koushakjian spent nearly a decade in Washington, DC as the Grassroots Director and then Director of Communications of the Armenian Assembly of America, the largest, independent Armenian advocacy organization in America.
During his tenure in our nation’s capital, he was directly involved in the successful passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 2007 and 2010, as well as successful passage of the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. He advanced H. Res. 306, the “Churches Bill,” which urges the government of Turkey to return confiscated religious properties and artifacts, and which passed the House of Representatives in December 2011. In addition, Koushakjian worked on the successful passage of the S. Res. 65, the Hrant Dink memorial bill that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007, and S. Res. 410 the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2014, among other legislative initiatives. Before returning to Boca Raton in 2016, he successfully worked with Members of Congress to pressure the Obama Administration to declare as genocide ISIS persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Mr. Koushakjian has published several articles and delivered numerous presentations across the United States on Armenian American community issues, Genocide and Holocaust Education, Armenian foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy, and American campaigns and elections.
He holds a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and an M.P.S. from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TanielShant.