Congratulations to Council Member Dr. Marina Khubesrian on receiving this prestigious award! Assembly Member Chris Hold stated:
Marina Khubesrian, M.D., 2018 Woman of the Year, City of South Pasadena – Answering the call to serve on the City Council from Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISSPA) in 2011, Marina Khubesrian, M.D. is the first woman to be elected to the South Pasadena City Council since 2003. She served as Mayor for the 2013-2014 term.
Dr. Khubesrian was a faculty member and co-director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center where she practiced medicine and taught medical students and residents from 1992 to 2010 before transitioning to private practice. The scope of her Family Practice spans from birth to death. She believes that to have healthy patients we must also have healthy families and communities.
Dr. Khubesrian is proud to have launched “Beyond the 710,” an organization opposed to the 710 Tunnel that developed an alternative solution called, “New Initiative for Mobility and Community.” As a result of her steadfast dedication, she emerged as a leading voice in alternative solutions that relieve traffic congestion, connect communities, promote smart growth, and protect the environment.
Under Dr. Khubesrian's leadership, the City of South Pasadena has enacted plastic bag and e-cigarette ban ordinances, launched South Pasadena Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games, helped secure more open space and parks for residents, and sponsored public art projects in the City's business districts. She also led efforts with Chris Holden and his 41st Assembly District Office to enact common sense regulation and local control of massage parlors. This joint partnership resulted in the passage of Assembly Bill 1147 which has had positive impacts statewide.
When she was just 10 years old, Dr. Khubesrian and her family emigrated from Armenia. Education was always a top priority in her family and that fostered her big dreams. Dr. Khubesrian earned her B.S. in Biology from the UCLA School of Life Sciences, as well as her M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine. She and her partner of 20 years, Dr. Mark Dreskin, have lived in South Pasadena since 1998 where they raise their two children, Sofie, 16, and Max,11.
A dedicated “Public Health Champion,” Dr. Marina Khubesrian tirelessly advocates for policies that prioritize environmental health, public health, quality of life, as well as balance regional and local needs.