SOAR - Portland (OR) Chapter
Portland became part of the SOAR family in August 2013, joining SOAR-Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Meeting an Armenian in Portland is not a common occurrence, with approximately 300 Armenians families residing in and around the city. Most Armenians in Portland are second, third and fourth generation Armenian-Americans, while others come from Armenia and various other countries
of the Armenian Diaspora.
Board of Directors:
Gregory (Greg) Petrossian is a Portland, OR native. In his youth he was a student of the Armenian Community of Oregon and a member of St. Kevork’s Armenian Apostolic Church of Oregon. After he visited Armenia for the first time in 2006, he vowed to find an opportunity in the states to help orphaned kids like the ones he met in Karabakh. After all these years searching for such an opportunity, he was ecstatic to serve as a member of SOAR beginning in 2015.
Greg earned his B.S. degrees in Microbiology and Bioresource Research, as well as a B.A. in International Studies from Oregon State University. He then moved to Baltimore, MD to earn his M.S. in Healthcare Management from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
After a few years on the east coast Greg moved back to Portland in 2017 to join CSG Pro, a Portland-centric data solution consulting firm, to further develop their managed services and consulting practice. His current title is Business Transformation Consultant.
Andy was raised in the Pacific Northwest for the first nineteen years of his life before moving to Armenia for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While there, he grew to appreciate and love the the people for their generous hospitality, clever resourcefulness, and unwavering spirit. While in Armenia, he lived in Alaverdi, Ashtarak, Yerevan, Gyumri, and Ararat. Andy is currently finishing up his degree to become a doctor of optometry from Pacific University in Oregon.