Tracy Hernandez is the founding CEO of BizFed, a nonprofit alliance of 180 top business networks which works to advocate for positive public policy, legislation, manageable regulations, taxes and fees, and to foster business owner civic and community engagement. Hernandez also oversees the BizFed Institute (a 501 c3), the educational, information, research, polling, and convening arm of BizFed. To round out her many aspects of impact, she also founded the BizFed Political Action Committee (PAC), which seeks to elect public officials with job creating focus and ability.



Jamison Realty

In addition to her role as CEO of Jamison Realty, Jaime Lee was elected President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles in April 2018. She has held leadership roles at the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration, the Industrial Development Authority, and the Quality and Productivity Commission. She also currently serves on the California Film Commission.




O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Apalla Chopra is a Partner and Chair of O’Melveny & Myers’ Labor and Employment Practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. She also conducts independent investigations into high profile allegations of employee misconduct on behalf of companies, boards and special committees. Additionally, Chopra is among a handful of lawyers that colleges and universities turn to for their most complex and high profile legal challenges


Founder & Chairman

Avante Capital Partners

Jeri Harman, Founder and Chairman of Avante Capital Partners, has more than 30 years of financing and M&A experience. Prior to Avante, Harman founded and led the Los Angeles offices for two multi-billion-dollar publicly traded private equity and mezzanine investment fund companies. Her recently re-christened Avante Capital Partners was named “Small Business Investment Company of the Year” in 2018 by the Small Business Administration, as well as “Women-Owned Firm of the Year” for 2018 by the Private Equity Women Investor Network.



Ogletree Deakins

Leslie Helmer, a Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, counsels business executives on labor and employment matters from discrimination and harassment, terminations and layoffs, wage and hour policies, employee handbooks, family and medical leaves of absence, and disability accommodation issues. Helmer also conducts investigations and trainings for clients and has extensive experience in litigation and personnel management issues.


Vice President of Business Operations, Strategy & Emerging Technology

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