The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy announced Wednesday that Development Director Stella Maloyan is leaving that position to take an executive position at the labor law firm Bush Gottlieb, but she will remain at LAANE through its advisory board.
Maloyan’s career at LAANE spans two decades. The nonprofit credits her leadership with building a private fundraising program with four full-time staff members and a 25-member volunteer advisory board, made up of labor, business, entertainment and philanthropic leaders.
“Working at LAANE has been one of the great experiences of my life,” Maloyan said. “I have been privileged to work with extraordinary women and men, and contribute to the country’s most innovative and successful economic justice organization. I will continue to support LAANE’s essential mission in my new role at Bush Gottlieb and am honored to join my friends and colleagues on LAANE’s peerless Advisory Board.”
During her time at LAANE, Maloyan also raised over $25 million and created two major marquee events: the City of Justice Awards Dinner, which is the largest annual progressive gala on the West Coast, and the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon, which is one of the biggest annual fundraiser to honor women’s leadership in the U.S., according to the nonprofit.
The City of Justice Awards raises over $1 million a year, attracts about a thousands guests and honors people like Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Teamsters General President James Hoffa and more.
The Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon was founded in 2004 with Amy Wakeland, who was chair of the LAANE Advisory Board and is now Los Angeles’ First Lady. The event elevates and celebrates the achievements of women in politics, activism, business and the arts. Its events have featured Jane Fonda, Arianna Huffington, Connie Rice and more, according to LAANE.
“Stella has created one of the most extraordinary private fundraising programs in the country, and has helped our movement to project our political power through the phenomenal events she has developed for LAANE and the amazing individuals she has connected us to,” LAANE Executive Director Roxana Tynan said. “While we will miss her tremendously, we are grateful beyond words for what she has accomplished and thrilled that she will continue to support our work as a member of our advisory board.”
LAANE’s Senior Development Associate Kristen Schwarz will replace Maloyan as development director.
“LAANE is fortunate to have in Kristen a seasoned development professional who brings tremendous creativity, passion and skill to her new position,” Maloyan said.
Maloyan will use her fundraising skills and cultivation and strategic development expertise at Bush Gottlieb, which represents workers and unions across the U.S.
“We are so excited to have Stella joining our firm,” said Julie Gutman Dickinson, a partner at Bush Gottlieb and co-chair of LAANE’s Advisory Board. “She is an innovative warrior for workers, women and all those in need of a powerful advocate for justice.”