ARPA Institute is a non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501 (3)(c) and was established in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. The principal objective of ARPA is to promote international cooperation and understanding within the world community through the provision of consulting, analysis, research and planning services in education, economics, policy, health and technology between the Republic of Armenia and the United States of America. ARPA is managed by fifteen Board of Directors. Its membership is drawn from professionals with expertise in different fields, including specialists in economics, political science, health, education, law, industry and technology. ARPA experts have served and continue to serve as consultants to the public organizations and the government of Armenia in matters pertaining to education, the economy, energy, transportation system, foreign policy, Armenia-Diaspora relations and trade and industry.
During the early years of its founding our members worked with several Ministries of Armenia to help them address numerous issues related to areas ranging from transportation and traffic control to energy, the economy and the new constitution. ARPA helped organize the first energy conference held in Yerevan, Armenia in 1992 where the major decision to re-start the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant was taken. Our engineers, led by Harold DeMirdjian, worked very closely with the Ministry of Energy to help resolve some of the energy related issues. Our economists consulted with the Ministry of Finance and some members critiqued the Constitution in its early development.