As founding member and co-chair of the Orange County CFO Leadership Council, Guita Sharifi has help build the foundation and growth of the Southern California local chapter of a leading professional association whose mission is to empower senior financial executives.  In her important role, she has acted as a mentor to many other CFO members of this burgeoning organization. Guita also works to develop effective executive programming annually to assist CFOs in bettering their businesses.

This year, the Orange County CFO Leadership Council congratulates co-chair Guita Sharifi on her 6th consecutive-year nomination for CFO of the Year from Orange County Business Journal!  For those who don’t know Guita Sharifi, she is an amazing executive and community activist with credentials a mile long.

Orange County CFO Leadership Council co-chair Guita Sharifi is chief financial officer of Radiant Health Centers (formerly AIDS Services Foundation Orange County), and has over 15 years of CFO experience in the nonprofit healthcare sector. With extensive expertise in fiscal oversight and operations, she supports RHC’s board and CEO in meeting the agency’s vision and strategic goals through cost-saving insights and efficient financial and operational oversight.  In 2017 Radiant Health Centers was named to the Orange County Business Journal’s Top Nonprofit Organizations list for its 102% revenue growth and expansion of programs to LGBTQ+ population.

Prior to her role at Radiant Health Centers, Guita served as CFO for the Alzheimer’s Family Center, Hoag affiliate as well as 7 years at Western Youth Services, one of the largest mental health organizations in Orange County.

Guita holds an IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) license, that allows her to practice anywhere in the world. She earned her PKE (Presidential Key Executive) MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. And BA at Eastern Michigan University.  She holds a Certificate of Health Care Management and Leadership from Pepperdine, and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

A true community activist, Guita has served on numerous charitable boards including the CFO Leadership Council, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group, and the California Association of Nonprofits – CFO Task Force.  She has also served as the Orange County 5th Supervisorial District Representative on Taxpayers Oversight for Measure M.

Truly a who’s who of Orange County executives, we encourage all CFOs to introduce yourself to Guita at the next Orange County CFO Leadership Council meeting, or on LinkedIn.  We’re all rooting for you Guita!

About The Orange County Business Journal

Local business journals help keep CFOs informed.  For sunny Orange County, California financial executives, the Orange County Business Journal delivers the most complete package of news and information on local companies, industries and business people – a comprehensive, and concise authority on business.  Each year, the Orange County Business Journal awards area financial professionals for outstanding performance as corporate stewards for the preceding fiscal year at the CFO of the Year Awards program.   

About The CFO Leadership Council

The CFO Leadership Council offers both live & online programs that feature expert panels and interactive sessions that drive meaningful conversation and leadership development among our membership. Our collection of leadership development resources similar to this article contain pragmatic insights and advice sourced directly from our members and industry experts.  Recordings of CFOLC webcasts are made available to our current CFOLC Premium & Virtual members. To learn about our three-tiered membership options and CFO Week in May 2019, visit www.cfolc.com.

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