Three GHJ Advisors Named Leaders of Influence by Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 11, 2024) – GHJ, a national advisory and accounting firm, proudly announces that GHJ Audit and Assurance Practice Leader Satpal Nagpal, Nonprofit Tax Practice Leader Lizbeth Nevarez and Profit Participation Services Managing Director Anita Wu have been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s prestigious “Leaders of Influence: Minority CPAs” list.

This recognition honors accounting professionals who have made significant contributions to their fields, demonstrated exceptional leadership and actively promoted diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) within the profession.

“Congratulations to Lizbeth, Satpal and Anita on their well-deserved recognition. Their leadership across our service lines highlights the depth of diversity and talent at GHJ,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “This accolade exemplifies GHJ's commitment to fostering an inclusive culture where diversity is not just celebrated but is integral to enriching our firm and enhancing our service delivery. Satpal, Lizbeth and Anita not only serve as role models within our firm but also inspire the broader accounting community to embrace DEIA as cornerstones of success.”

Honored as a DEI-Focused Firm of the Year by CalCPA and the Los Angeles Business Journal, GHJ is committed to supporting employees to help them #BeMore, building and enhancing innovation and collaboration within our teams and with our clients.

SATPAL NAGPAL

Known for his innovative approach to client service, Satpal has spearheaded the integration of cutting-edge technologies and fostered global collaboration initiatives. This is fourth time being recognized for this honor by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has named a Top 100 Accountant and is a multiple-time member of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual Thriving in Their 40s list.

His leadership has significantly enhanced the practice's efficiency and effectiveness, setting a new standard for innovation in the field.

His dedication to professional development within GHJ and the broader accounting community is evident in his active involvement in mentorship programs and educational initiatives. Satpal’s ability to inspire and nurture young professionals has contributed greatly to the firm's dynamic and inclusive culture.

Satpal's influence extends to his community engagement and advocacy for educational advancement. Serving on the board of Synergy Academies, he plays a crucial role in addressing educational disparities and fostering growth in South Los Angeles. His commitment to mentorship and education, combined with his professional achievements, underscores his impact as a leader both within and beyond the accounting industry.

“It is an honor to be recognized again by the Los Angeles Business Journal,” Satpal said. “Serving our clients with innovative solutions and leading a team that is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in accounting is truly rewarding. This accolade is a reflection of our collective effort and commitment to excellence.”

LIZBETH NEVAREZ

Lizbeth provides comprehensive tax services to nonprofit organizations, leveraging her expertise to navigate the complex landscape of nonprofit taxation. Her leadership in this area has been instrumental in enhancing the firm’s service offerings, ensuring that clients receive the highest level of advice and support. This is her fifth time receiving this recognition from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Lizbeth stands out as an exceptional leader, not only because of her professional accomplishments but also due to her passionate advocacy for women and minorities. Her journey from a DACA recipient to a leading figure in the nonprofit industry is a testament to her resilience and dedication. Lizbeth's influence extends beyond her professional responsibilities as she actively seeks to empower underrepresented voices in the accounting profession and the communities she serves.

Her commitment to community service is evident through her board positions with the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and GHJ Foundation. Lizbeth also co-leads GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Cohort, actively contributing to the promotion of gender equality and empowering women within the accounting industry. Her work exemplifies how leadership intertwined with advocacy can have a profound impact on an industry and on a community.

“It is a privilege to work with our nonprofit clients, providing them with the tax guidance they need to thrive,” Lizbeth said. “I am proud to a team that helps clients navigate complex issues and makes a real difference in our communities.”

ANITA WU

Anita has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry through her work within GHJ’s Profit Participation Services Practice. Her expertise has been pivotal in guiding major studios and clients through the complexities of the entertainment sector, ensuring accuracy and transparency in financial practices. This is Anita’s second time receiving this recognition from the Los Angeles Business Journal. She was also named a Most Influential Woman in Accounting multiple times by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a DEIA Visionary by L.A. Times B2B Publishing.

Anita is a champion of DEIA, actively advocating for gender equity and inclusion within the workplace. She is a member of GHJ’s DEIA Steering Committee, offering guidance to the firm’s DEIA strategy. She is also a sponsor of GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Cohort, where she fosters important discussions and support for women in the accounting industry. Anita's efforts to close the gender gap in leadership positions have not only benefited GHJ but also set an example for the broader business community.

Anita’s influence is felt through her extensive community and mentorship work. She is deeply involved in industry associations and nonprofit organizations, where she advocates for work-life balance, DEIA and the professional development of young accountants. Anita’s engagement in these areas demonstrates her dedication to nurturing the next generation of leaders and advocating for meaningful change within the accounting profession and her community.

“It has been my privilege to provide guidance and support to our entertainment clients and guide them through changes with integrity and innovation,” Anita said, “Together, we are setting new standards for success and inclusivity in the entertainment industry.”

About GHJ

GHJ is a national advisory and accounting firm with employees in nearly 30 states and clients around the world. Our team of experts meet clients where they are and provide personalized service for nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as a Top-100 Firm, 7th Fastest-Growing Firm, Top Regional Leader in the West and Best Firm to Work For by Accounting Today, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms around the world. GHJ’s audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to partner with its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 157 countries across the globe. GHJ has 21 partners and more than 200 staff members, who serve thousands of clients. The Firm is also 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).

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