Stella has been the Development Director at LAANE since 2002, and she oversees the organization’s private fundraising programs and events. Stella has helped raise over 20 million dollars for LAANE and created two of the city’s signature events: The City of Justice Awards Dinner (L.A.’s premier progressive political/labor fundraiser with close to 1000 attendees) and the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon (the largest annual women’s empowerment forum in California, with a unique and diverse gathering of speakers, honorees and attendees nationally). For the last six years, Stella has led a unique summer internship program with a focus on leadership development for young women from a variety of backgrounds. She has also created a long term Entertainment Outreach Strategy for LAANE, with the objective of engaging Hollywood power brokers and celebrities from music, film and T.V. industries in LAANE’s work. Stella was appointed by Mayor Garcetti to the L.A. Convention and Tourism Development Board of Commissioners, where she served from 2015 to 2019.