Hrant was born at Georgetown University Hospital and raised in Chevy Chase, DC. As a child, Hrant attended Sunday School at Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church in Bethesda. He also spent many of his Saturdays at Church where he helped to start their local Boy Scout Troop and served as its Senior Patrol Leader for several years. Hrant graduated from St. John’s College High School where he participated in JROTC for four years. He and his family continue to be active members of Soorp Khatch parish, and are also members of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Washington, DC.
Hrant and his wife Lenna moved to Bethesda in 2001, and look forward to raising their son here, who was born in August 2013. They also take care of Lenna’s mother who has lived with them for much of the past decade as well as Hrant’s grandmother who is in a nearby assisted living facility.
Dedicated to public service
Hrant was named after his paternal grandfather who miraculously escaped the Armenian Genocide. Although he witnessed unspeakable horror at the age of 5, Hrant’s grandfather always focused on the incredible kindness of the American Red Cross that cared for him in one of its orphanages until he was reunited with his mother at the age of eight. Hrant’s maternal ancestors immigrated much earlier. In fact, Hrant is a direct descendant of William Bradford, who came to the new world on the Mayflower and served as the second Governor of Plymouth Colony for over 30 years.
As a result, public service has always been a priority for Hrant. He currently serves as Counselor on the Board of the Maryland Mayflower Society; is on the Board of Nourish Now working to address food insecurity in Montgomery County; serves on the Advisory Council for So What Else Can We Do to help reach at risk youth; and previously served on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Sierra Club.
Extensive public policy experience
Hrant brings nearly 20 year of public policy experience at both the state and federal levels, with a long track record of success. He began his professional career running grassroots campaigns for Environment America working on a wide range of environmental and consumer protection issues. These efforts included: a ballot initiative in Florida to save the Everglades; a campaign for clean water in New Jersey; environmental defense in Georgia; and advocacy efforts to protect our parks in Maryland.
Hrant’s extensive career in the non-profit sector also included several successful advocacy initiatives at United Way Worldwide, the American Psychological Association, the American Pharmacists Association and the Armenian Assembly of America. Currently, Hrant serves as the Executive Director for Dialysis Patient Citizens and the DPC Education Center.
Hrant has spent most of his professional career working to improve patient access to high quality health care. He worked for years to improve patient access to mental health services during his tenure at the American Psychological Association. Hrant also served as the Director of Congressional and State Relations at the American Pharmacists Association, working to expand patient access to pharmaceutical care services. Most recently, Hrant served as the Director of Health Policy for United Way Worldwide, where he spearheaded health policy efforts, working with more than 1,200 affiliates to help improve the health of all Americans.
Hrant went back to law school in the evenings at Catholic University to become a better advocate, which is where he completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. His passion for health then led him to complete a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Hrant worked full time while completing both degrees.
Currently, Hrant serves as the Executive Director of both Dialysis Patient Citizens and the DPC Education Center, where he works to improve the quality of life for some of America’s most vulnerable citizens. As a result, Hrant has worked closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that kidney disease patients are not left behind during implementation of the new health reform law.
And while Hrant continues to elevate the patient voice through the advocacy work of Dialysis Patient Citizens, he also helped to launch the newly created DPC Education Center, which focuses on reducing the occurrence of kidney failure through education. He knows that we cannot afford to ignore the increasing occurrence of kidney disease, as the number of dialysis patients are expected to more than double in the next 10 years, making early intervention critical to the health of our citizens as well as our health care system.
Longtime Democratic activist
A longtime Democratic activist, prior to announcing his candidacy, Hrant served as Vice President for the District 16 Democratic Club and 7-28 Precinct Vice Chair. He remains an active member of the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) Democratic Forum. Hrant has also supported numerous Democratic candidates and ballot initiatives throughout the years.