Prior to joining Koss Resource, Stella headed Debibi Strategic Partners, a business development, marketing, and public relations firm. The company specialized in the leveraging of strategic partnerships and client branding with a focus on commercial real estate.
Prior to that, Stella served as the director of business development for George Smith Partners, a commercial real estate investment banking firm. She assisted the company in securing a major southern California-based bank for exclusive representation of its assets. Stella was responsible for arranging relationships that accelerated the firm’s growth and advisory services platform that assists struggling borrowers in successfully navigating the often complex world of securitized commercial real estate loans.
Stella also served as senior executive and director of business development and marketing for Los Angeles-based Debibi & Associates, a mechanical, plumbing and electrical consulting engineering firm. During that time, Debibi was able to grow the firm’s business by 300 percent. She was also instrumental in developing relations with elected California and Los Angeles city officials and staff and successfully assisted the president and owner of Debibi & Associates in being appointed as the seismic safety commissioner for the state of California, by then governor, Gray Davis.
A dedicated philanthropist, Debibi is the first woman to hold a leadership position in the Real Estate Cabinet of the Jewish Federation. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Wexner Foundation, which was founded in 1984 to promote Jewish leadership around the world. She has also served on the board of the Iranian American Jewish Federation, the City of Hope’s Real Estate Division and the Young Leadership of Magbit Foundation. As part of her charitable work, Stella and her co-chair conceived and secured sponsorship for the launch of a new fund-raising event, Moriahopoly, benefitting The Moriah Society, part of the American Jewish University’s real estate group. The inaugural 2009 event was a great success, and is now an annual fundraising event for the American Jewish University.