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Matthew & Lisa Natcharian Pledge Their Support to Armenia’s Future

Matthew and Lisa Natcharian recently decided the best way to maximize their impact through their annual contributions was to increase their giving level to the Chairs Circle in support of AUA’s Annual Fund. Through a multi-year pledge, Matthew and Lisa can effectively support the University where the need is greatest to guarantee the highest level of education in Armenia.

“We were looking for a way to contribute to AUA in an enduring way that would have a compounding positive impact on the country,” Matthew and Lisa state regarding their call to action to join the Chair’s Circle. “Investing in AUA to support high-quality and globally relevant education to bright young students seemed the best way to make an impact. I also know that AUA will benefit from a pledged commitment, as it can take time to develop new programs, build new facilities and attract students and we were happy to make a 5-year pledge to join the Chair’s Circle.” 

Matthew was raised in an active Armenian community near Albany, NY, and feels special gratitude for being adopted into his family with strong Armenian roots. His parents, Philip Natcharian and Sarah Soultanian Natcharian were both raised by genocide survivors and they raised Matthew in Troy, NY, in the vibrant Armenian community there. Matthew met his wife, Lisa Melikian, at a dance put on by the Armenian Apostolic Churches in Watertown, MA. Matthew and Lisa now reside in Simsbury, Connecticut, and have raised three sons, Christopher Avedis, Ryan Aram, and William Raffi. Matthew is the Managing Director at GreensLedge Asset Management, after returning from a 24-year career at Barings LLC, where he served as the head of the Structured Credit Investment Team. Lisa is the owner of The Storyteller’s Cottage in Simsbury.

“Supporting AUA and Armenia is a small way to acknowledge the incredible gifts given to me by my parents and grandparents,” Matthew says. “Our Armenian families have instilled in us a love of the Armenian culture. We hope that investing in AUA will help the university continue to grow its programs and enrollment in ways that will help students learn critical skills to help them thrive in this rapidly evolving global economy.”