Welcome back from the holidays and a very happy 2019! I hope you had an opportunity to celebrate the season with your friends and families.

I am very happy and excited to lead your chapter as President for 2019. The elected chapter's board and I have a lot of great things that we have planned to execute for this year.

I would like to thank each one of you for the opportunity you've given to the 2019 board to assist you and to take the chapter to a new level by serving our members. We hope to create an impact on the Project Management Community.

Before becoming President, you had given me the opportunity of serving as VP of Programs and VP of Strategy. These roles allowed me to work with the cross-functional portfolios that deliver value to the chapter.

The board has already started planning programs for this year that will create more networking and job opportunities, We also plan to allow you the chance to learn about Project, Portfolio, and Program Management, and the tools used by Project and Program Managers.

PMI-LA New Board

The PMI-LA board, consisting of the following volunteers, has already met multiple times for planning and finalizing the budget so that the chapter business can be started as soon as we get into the new year.

Parash Sharma – President

Dennis Chang - VP of Strategy

Barbara Cooke – (Interim) VP of Membership

Vick Madenian – VP of Communications/Technology

Vincent Eng – VP of Finance

AJ Jafari – (Interim) VP of Professional Development

Anil Divakaran – VP of Programs

Deby Covey – VP of Marketing and Outreach

Vacant – VP of Admin

Vacant - immediate Past President

Vision and Goals for 2019

The board has planned a clear vision and goals for 2019 which include:

  • Increase Membership Retention and Engagement
  • Increase Rewards to Promote PM Culture
  • Improved Volunteer Management
  • Sponsorship
  • Recruiters Management
  • Branding
  • Improved Marketing and Outreach Programs
  • Diverse Professional Development Training and Workshops.
  • Updated Programs Events
  • Technology and Vendors Selection

We Need Your Support and Engagement

The members and volunteers are the pillars of our chapter, and we need your help and support to make our 2019 goals a reality. Please feel free to reach out to me to share your ideas and concerns. Collectively we can make the chapter better.

If you have time to give back to the chapter and the community of project managers, please volunteer with us. We are a 100 percent volunteer-run business.

I hope this new year will shed light on our personal and professional lives and make us better leaders and, most importantly, better people.


Parash Sharma, MBA, MS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP

PMI-Los Angeles Chapter

President 2019