La Cañada Flintridge Division Manager Arabo Parseghian received the Capstone Award at the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority’s (California JPIA) 26th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum in San Diego. The Capstone Award is presented annually to an individual at a California JPIA member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management.

Parseghian was chosen from among four finalists—including Big Bear Lake Administrative Analyst Rachel Bowman, Lake Elsinore Director of Administrative Services Shannon Buckley, and Laguna Niguel Senior Management Analyst Dorna Farhadi—for his exemplary risk management efforts. Some of Parseghian’s accomplishments include coordinating the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluation and transition plan, developing an innovative ADA app that allowed the city to inventory curb ramps in real time, evaluating emergency preparedness programs and plans, and providing advice and guidance to the city on matters involving information technology and cybersecurity. Additionally, Parseghian was recognized for being a strong proponent of effective risk management at the city.

Assistant Executive Officer Norm Lefmann reflected on the presentation, saying, “This is an important recognition of four outstanding individuals that work tirelessly behind the scenes. The Authority relies on these and others like them to effectively carry out our mission in forging strong partnerships with members.”

Parseghian, a past president of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, holds a bachelor of science degree in public policy, management, and planning and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Southern California.

The Capstone Award will be presented again next year at the 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum to be held October 5–7, 2022 in Santa Barbara.

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 120 member cities and other governmental agencies. Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at