Aram Chaparyan is the city manager at the City of Torrance where he oversees 10 departments and more than 1,500 employees. He's been with the city since 2001, rising up the ranks from management intern with the city manager’s office to senior business manager, then operations manager with the transit department. In 2007, he joined the city manager’s office as an assistant to the city manager and chief labor negotiator, and was then promoted to deputy city manager in 2017. He was named assistant city manager in February 2018, a post he served in until being named city manager in 2020.
Throughout his career in public service, Aram has specialized in employee group negotiations,
legislative issues, land management, economic development, budget, personnel matters,
employee relations, labor relations, strategic plan, business development liaison,
classification specifications, transportation issues, and City Council support. Aram
is a major proponent of talent management, organization readiness and building a solid
bench to recruit and retain quality employees.
Aram has extensive experience working with City projects including the Simon Malls
$300 million major renovation of the Del Amo Fashion Center, successful labor negotiations,
land management, the Strategic Plan, and more recently guiding staff through a cyber
incident, civil unrest, and the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
Aram received his bachelor's in political science from UC Irvine, MPA from the University
of Southern California, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local government
program at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Aram is also active with
the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UC Irvine Alumni Association serving
as a mentor, hosting students for externships and serving on career panels.
Join the UCI Social Sciences Alumni Network in an opportunity to hear how Aram has
run his city during COVID.
Breakout sessions will follow the Q&A with an opportunity to connect and forge new
relationships with fellow alumni.