ZARA MARSELIAN

Zara Marselian is the CEO and co-founder of La Maestra Community Health Centers and La Maestra Foundation. A native San Diegan and child of refugee and immigrant parents, she founded La Maestra to provide healthcare and social services to the immigrants and refugees in inner-city San Diego. Since 1990, La Maestra has expanded to serve patients in several areas of San Diego, including City Heights, El Cajon, National City and Lemon Grove. Zara has been recognized locally and nationally as an ambitious advocate for the cause of helping the uninsured and improving access to culturally competent health and social services for the diverse communities of San Diego. She has received many local awards. In 2004, she was one of ten leaders in the nation to receive the Community Health Leaders award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That same year, she was honored in a special Statement for the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Susan Davis for her efforts and accomplishments at La Maestra. And in 2007, she received The Greenlining Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her vision and leadership in healthcare. Zara holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She speaks Spanish, Italian, French and English fluently.