Hugh Yao - Commissioner
Hugh Yao has served on the GWP Commission since 2007 and has lived in Glendale for over 26 years.
He is currently employed as a Customer Assistance Manager for the Southern California Gas Company
and San Diego Gas & Electric. Hugh is responsible for marketing and outreach for The Gas Company’s
utility discount and energy efficiency programs. In addition, he manages SDG&E’s Smart Meter
projects for low-income customers. Hugh has been with The Gas Company and SDG&E for over 14 years.
He has worked in Gas Facilities Engineering, Market Strategy, and Commercial & Industrial Marketing.
Hugh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA, a Master of Business
Administration (MBA) degree from USC, and a California Professional Engineer license in Mechanical
Engineering. He currently resides in Glendale with his wife, Tessa, and their six-year old daughter.
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Armen Adjemian - Commissioner
Armen Adjemian is the co-founder and managing partner of Venture Group, a consulting
firm located in Glendale, California specializing in corporate finance and transaction
advisory. Armen began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he focused on
financial statement and internal control audits, primarily in the financial services
sector. His primary undertakings were audits of Venture Funds, Mutual Funds, and other
major institutional money managers in Southern California, such as PIMCO and Western Asset.
After leaving PwC, Armen started his own tax and consulting practice. Later, he founded
Venture Group after realizing his passion for working with entrepreneurs and innovative
early stage companies looking for capitalization and growth.
Armen received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting degree from the University
of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and
is also a Board Member of the Ishtoyan Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides
afterschool athletic programs for youth in the community.
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Zanku Armenian - President, Glendale Water & Power Commission
Zanku Armenian has more than 22 years of experience leading communications strategies for
major corporations and high-profile issue campaigns. Mr. Armenian currently is a senior
communications executive in the corporate communications department of Southern California
Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He manages communications for the
company’s largest business units including Transmission and Distribution, Customer Service,
Advanced Technology, Power Procurement, Ethics and Compliance and major company initiatives
such as Edison’s nationally recognized digital meter and grid modernization programs.
Previously he worked at the Motion Picture Association of America driving communications
programs working with member studios including Disney, Fox, MGM, NBC Universal, Paramount
and Sony Pictures. Armenian also has extensive experience working for global public relations
agencies. He was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Western Region, based out
of Silicon Valley, with Brodeur Worldwide, a global public relations firm specializing in
communications strategies and services for technology companies. Prior to heading Brodeur’s
western region, Armenian established Brodeur’s Washington, D.C. office.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. Armenian has in-depth experience in public
affairs and crisis communications working with major corporations and industry coalitions.
He was a founding member of Powell Tate, which was founded by President Jimmy Carter’s press
secretary Jody Powell and First Lady Nancy Reagan’s press secretary Sheila Tate. He also has
held positions with the worldwide public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. During his work at
these major public affairs firms, he has worked closely with major government relations firms
and media trained prominent CEOs and domestic and international political figures. Early in
his career, Mr. Armenian worked at ABC News, in the House of Representatives and the U.S.
Senate, including the office of former Senator and now Vice President Joseph Biden. He also
has been very active in national, state, local and presidential political campaigns.
Mr. Armenian graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a Bachelor of
Arts in mass communication and a secondary concentration in government and politics.
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Terry Chan - Commissioner
Terry has been a resident of Glendale for 25 years and was appointed Commissioner of
Glendale Water & Power in 2008. As a registered electrical engineer, Terry has
worked for the City of Los Angeles for 26 years in a number of capacities, from
distribution system engineering to load forecasting for the 7,300 MW power system
serving four million customers, rate design, and the promotion of energy efficiency
and alternative energy systems. Terry received an electrical engineering degree from
University of California at Los Angeles, a Masters degree in power engineering from
University of Southern California, where she also received an Executive Masters in
Business Administration. For the past ten years, Terry has studied energy efficiency
and renewable energy developments throughout the United States, and in Asia and Europe,
with special concentrations on Scandinavia, Iceland, and China. She is certified by the
Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager and Green Building Engineer.
She currently lives in a solar-powered home.
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Deborah Dentler - Secretary, Glendale Water & Power Commission
Deborah Dentler moved from Silverlake to Glendale in 1989 to raise a family, attracted
by Glendale's good public schools, parks, and city services. Together with her husband,
Tony Segall, an employment lawyer, she raised two sons in Glendale and then adopted a
teenage foster child. A graduate of UCLA Law School, she also holds bachelors and master's
degrees in history. She is an attorney who practices juvenile dependency law in Glendale,
specializing in foster care issues. She taught history, gender studies, and community
volunteerism courses at Glendale Community College in the 1990s, and has also taught at
Glendale College of Law and been a foster parent and social work educator. She was a
member of the board of directors of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
from 2000 to 2004, where she was co-chair of the board's subcommittee on water education.
She has held numerous board and commission positions in Glendale, including the Historic
Preservation Commission (where she was two-term chair) and the Board of Building & Fire
Appeals. A former legal aid lawyer and consultant to non-profit organizations, she has
extensive experience in legislative advocacy and legislative drafting, non-profit management,
and grant-writing. She is a member of Sierra Club, V.O.I.C.E., Friends of Los Angeles River,
350.org and other environmental advocacy organizations. When her children left home and the
family dog died, she and her husband ripped out their lawn, re-landscaped with drought-tolerant
native plants and are now enjoying birds, butterflies, and lower water bills.
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