Paul Naccachian, JD, L.LM, is a university professor, owner and principal consultant with Collaborative Solutions. In addition to formerly practicing law, he has done extensive work as a Mediator with many governmental agencies, institutions and in the non-profit sector both locally and internationally. He conducts Community Mediation, Cross-Cultural Diversity Management training and cultural assessments for many communities in Southern California.
Mr. Naccachian's practice includes mediating, facilitating and arbitrating business, organizational, and public policy disputes. He has a broad range of working relationships with the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and local Cluster I Cities on race relations and peaceful resolution of tension among ethnic groups within the County of Los Angeles. As a former Chair of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Azusa, he has implemented many Conflict Management and Resolution programs locally and within the County including Youth Conferences and Diversity programs. His current research project includes a 10 year study analyzing hate crime data in the Los Angels County utilizing social network theory.
Mr. Naccachian considers Azusa as his home town. After graduating from high school, he attended Citrus College and graduated from the University of California, Irvine receiving Bachelor's dual Degree in Political Science and History. Soon after, he moved to Connecticut and attended Law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law. In 2007, he completed a Post Doctorate Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. He was invited to complete another PhD program at Claremont Graduate University.
In order to give back to his community, he actively participated in local affairs including his role as an advocate for public education, Mr. Naccachian attended and appeared in front of the School Board in various capacities addressing the Board on important issues dealing with the Azusa community such as:
• As a business owner of Balzac Cafe, he participated in a Career Placement program where he trained many Azusa students in learning the restaurant business trade and the importance of good customer service.
• As president of the Downtown Business Association he advocated and collaborated with Peggy Martinez in promoting the Arts on the Avenue as well as collaborating with the schools for the Mariachi Festival.
• During the winter holiday season he reached out to coordinate the youth in the GATE Program to decorate the Downtown windows with festive holiday painting. Other programs include the Downtown Art Walk, Soapbox Derby and youth participation in the painting of the tiles for City Parks.
• As a result of the Hate Crimes in the City of Azusa, Mr. Naccachian advocated for a permanent commission on race relations comprised of community members, businesses, School Board members and the colleges. He drafted the Plan of Action and the ordinance inclusive of the programs Hands Across Azusa and a vigil in honor of the victims of recent hate crimes in the city.
• As a Dispute Resolution practitioner and a coach he conducted sessions with the School Board on Peer Mediation training and raising awareness on Diversity in schools.
• He has spoken and created programs on the importance of bullying and teen suicide in school through Art programs.
• As a founder of a local non-profit, Beyond Vision United, Mr. Naccachian continues to work closely with teachers, employees and administrators in promoting the Arts in the community.
As a distinguished Restorative Justice Program coordinator through Pepperdine University, Mr. Naccachian was recently invited to work with troubled youth ages 8 to 17 years, in Juvenile Detention Centers in Los Angeles County. The program included rehabilitation and transformation of the youth to take individual responsibility and to become empowered as active members of society upon release.
As a School Board Member he will continue working with all the stakeholders in the Azusa community including Mayor Joe Rocha, councilmember Eddie Alvarez and other community leaders to make sure that every child receives an excellent public education.