Custom Content from the Los Angeles Business Journal
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up 62% of employees working in accounting services, such as payroll processing and auditing, in 2021. This number suggests the field is filled with robust potential for women interested in an accounting career.
On a national level, there is still progress to be made in terms of leadership equity. According to the 2019 CPA Firm Gender Survey, which was the last survey that the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants conducted before the pandemic, women made up just 23% of partners in CPA firms.
One thing that is certain is that accounting firms nationwide are growing in multiple directions. Women lead much of that growth with combinations of experience, skills and aptitude. Nowhere is that more true than here in the Los Angeles region.
Los Angeles is truly a national leader when it comes to in influential women in business – and the field of accounting is no exception. There are some particularly stellar accounting professionals in the LA region who happen to be women and we’ve alphabetically listed some of the very best of them here, along with information about their careers, practice and some relevant recent accomplishments they’ve achieved.
Congratulations to the accountants who made this list and thank you for working to keep the people and businesses of Los Angeles on the right fiscal track.
Methodology: The professionals featured in these pages did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials submitted to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Those selected for inclusion were reviewed by the editorial department and chosen based on a demonstration of impact made on the profession and on the Los Angeles community.
Sally Aubury – SingerLewak
Denise Balcazar – Miller Kaplan
Sasha Baluka – Bessolo Haworth CPAs LLP
Cheryl Calhoun – CBIZ & MHM
Vivian S. Cha – BPM LLP
Peggy Clark – Bessolo Haworth CPAs LLP
Nicole D’Arcy – Crowe LLP
Alanna Dible – Mazars USA LLP
Amy Eybsen – GHJ
Donna Feder – Duffy Kruspodin, LLP
Nicole Galil – KPMG LLP
Kelley Gastineau – B. Riley
Aza Ghazaryan – Withum
Coral Hansen – B. Riley
Cathy Hyodo – Grant Thornton LLP
Venisa Ibarra – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Betty Liu – CBIZ & MHM
Patricia J. O’Connell – HCVT
Becky Yang O’Malley – B. Riley
Wendy On – Fineman West & Company
Parnia Pandkhou – Armanino LLP Maria Pearman – GHJ
Kristin Ridgway – KPMG LLP
Lori Rock – Marcum LLP
Amanda Schlank – SingerLewak
Natalie Tronkina – CohnReznick
Christy Woods – Windes Audit | Tax | Advisory