ANCA Media Center named in honor of Elizabeth Lily Manoukian


The ANCA Media Center was named after Elizabeth Lily Manoukian in honor of her contributions to our community, our culture and our cause, over so many decades – from Beirut to the Bay Area.

WASHINGTON DC – The family of Elizabeth Lily Manoukian, of blessed memory, announced that her legacy will live on through the dedication of the ANCA Media Center, in loving memory of this proud daughter, devoted lawyer and tireless defender of the Armenian nation.

“Our dear Elizabeth Lily – with a bold heart and a humble mind – helped awaken our nation, inspiring a new generation of Armenians across the Middle East and around the world to unite, stand up for our rights and stand up for the just cause of our nation, “said her sister and brother-in-law Vergine and Edward Misserlian.” Throughout her life she has given selflessly for her family, her community and the national and democratic aspirations of the people Armenian.

“We are honored that Elizabeth Lily has chosen to leave such a wonderful legacy of Armenian-American empowerment, a legacy that will strengthen and support our community – helping to protect our homeland and our heritage – for generations to come,” said said ANCA President Raffi Hamparian. “We are beyond words grateful that she has entrusted us with a part of her blessed memory, and we will always strive to meet the high standards of courage and caring that she has established during her remarkable life of leadership. , of daring and pioneering service and sacrifice. “

The ANCA Media Center is located on the third floor of the ANCA headquarters in the prestigious Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, just a 10-minute walk from the White House. The room features high ceilings, windows opening onto N Street, built-in bookcases with windows, and a classic fireplace and mantel. From this central location, the ANCA communicates daily with US and international media, coalition partners and hundreds of thousands of Armenian-American activists.

NAFC honors Elizabeth Lily’s contributions to our community, culture and cause, over so many decades – from Beirut to the Bay Area.

Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, Elizabeth Lily studied at Haigazian Primary School and Aleppo Girls’ College. After moving to Beirut, she attended the American University of Beirut, where she obtained a BS in Pharmacy and an MS in Pharmacology.

In Beirut – during the 1960s and 1970s – she helped lead the national revival around the 50th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. She was actively involved in a pioneering student movement, the Union of Lebanese Armenian University Students, alongside Shavarsh Torigian and other academics, and was a founding member of the University of Lebanon Student Association. He Armenian Church (Õ€Õ¡Õµ Եկեղեցոյ Õ€Õ¡Õ´Õ¡Õ¬Õ½Õ¡Ö€Õ¡Õ¶Õ¡Õ¯Õ¡Õ¶ ÕˆÖ‚Õ½Õ¡Õ¶Õ¸Õ²Õ¶Õ¥Ö€Õ¸Ö‚ Õ„Õ«Õ¸Ö‚Õ©Õ«Ö‚Õ¶), created in 1963, by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, now of blessed memory.

After moving to the United States, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, holding leadership positions as a Pharmacology Researcher for Syntex and later for Roche and Corium in Silicon Valley.

Elizabeth Lily has been active in the Armenian Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association, Armenian National Committee of America, and has been the founder and long-time president of the Friends of the Bay Area of ​​Armenia. She has generously supported a wide range of Armenian charities and causes, including the American University of Armenia.

She is survived by her sister Vergine and Edward Misserlian; nephew Mihran and Jeanine Misserlian and their children London and Vivienne; nephew Nareg and Sarine Misserlian; and, many relatives and friends.


The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization. Coordinating with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters across the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a wide range of issues. To learn more, visit


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