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Desiree Doubrox interviews Ahda Sands

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The consummate Renaissance woman, Ahda Sands, has a rich and varied business background.

After graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting, Sands began her professional career with the California Public Utility Commission as an auditor.  She later became a business consultant with Main, Hurdman & Cranston (now known as KPMG).  After leaving KPMG, Sands became an Assistant Vice President with Security Pacific Bank where she worked during the day and attended law school at night, receiving a Juris Doctorate from the Southwestern University School of Law.

Sands then changed careers and went into private law practice. She grew up in a low income area and did not forget her modest beginnings. Most of her private practice clients were pro bono.  Sands later joined the State of California as an attorney, and most recently, she became a real estate broker.

For nine years, she was a temporary Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. At church, Sands was an instructor in the First AME Entrepreneurial Training Program. She also participated in many career day programs for local high schools.

Sands has been a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Female Executives, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, John M. Langston Bar Association (where she is a past president), Co-Chair of the Multi Cultural Bar Alliance, Black Women Lawyers (where she was a member of the Board of Directors), Los Angeles Bench and Bar Affiliates, and the American Bridge Association.

She is also a member of the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, Century 21 Masters - broker affiliate, California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She was previously an active member of Investors Resource Center of America (now known as Prosperity Through Real Estate).