Now, she is back in Los Angeles, and President Obama—for whom she raised millions as the Southern California finance co-chairwoman during his 2008 campaign—has reportedly charged her with repairing his ailing relationship with Hollywood. In January, Avant and her husband (they met in 2008 at a dinner celebrating the success of her first major gala for Obama) held an exclusive fund-raising dinner with the First Lady at their home.
A onetime New Yorker, it was important that her home, which was built in 1923 and previously owned by BCBG founder Max Azria, have its share of East Coast sophistication. “I wanted the house to capture Park Avenue elegance while keeping some California cool. I love our sitting room with furnishings by designer and close friend Michael Smith. It is a balance of masculine and feminine.”