GHJ Leaders Once Again Recognized as “Most Influential Women in Accounting” by LABJ

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2020) – GHJ, a leading Los Angeles accounting firm, is proud to announce Partners Donella Wilson and Polina Chapiro and Principal Anita Wu were recognized among the 2020 “Most Influential Women in Accounting” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. This marks the fourth year for Wilson and Chapiro and the third year for Wu being given this honor.

“I’m thrilled for these women to once again be recognized,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “They inspire us every day to #BeMore for ourselves and our clients, and their leadership abilities make them ideal candidates to be named 2020 Top Women in Accounting.”

Each year, the Los Angeles Business Journal publishes its Top Women in Accounting list. This special supplement profiles an impressive cross-section of LA’s top female accountants and partners who practice with distinction.

“It is an honor that is incredibly well deserved,” Barry said. “Their focus on both diversity and inclusion at the Firm has made them an inspiration for colleagues and those looking to enter the accounting field.”

Polina Chapiro, CPA

Chapiro is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and the leader of the Interational Tax Practice, as well as a well-known expert in international tax. She routinely advises companies in the private equity, manufacturing, technology and entertainment space and is a frequent and in-demand speaker at conferences on international and domestic tax issues. She is an important mentor and coach to many, not only within the Tax Practice but also the entire Firm. Chapiro also devotes her personal time to various organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of animals in need of care and homes.

Click here to read Polina Chapiro’s full bio.

Donella Wilson, CPA

Wilson is an outspoken leader both at GHJ and in her philanthropic efforts. Wilson leads the Nonprofit Practice and is President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the newly launched GHJ Foundation. She is also an active member of the Women’s Empowerment Committee, which focuses on bringing mentorship events, programs and thought leadership to GHJ employees and clients. She is also heavily involved in the community, including serving as a board member for the Downtown Women’s Center.

Click here to read Donella Wilson’s full bio.

Anita Wu, CPA

As a pillar of strength, Wu is a leader in the Firm’s Entertainment and Media Practice, has served as a speaker at industry events and has written thought leadership on industry trends. Because she specializes in contractual accounting in the entertainment industry, she has had the unparalleled opportunity to work closely with the top attorneys in this space. Her collaborative nature and deep expertise have made her a sought-after expert by clients and colleagues alike. Additionally, Wu is a chair of GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Committee, which supports GHJ’s female leaders and their career and personal growth.

Click here to read Anita Wu’s full bio.

Click here to read the full list of LABJ's 2020 Most Influential Women in Accounting List.

About GHJ

Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Previous recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

The Firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, the Firm is able to partner with other top firms across major cities throughout the U.S. and the world. GHJ’ audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to better serve its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 158 countries across the globe.

Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 15 partners and more than 160 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).