Now, she is back in Los Angeles, and President Obamaâ€”for whom she raised millions as the Southern California finance co-chairwoman during his 2008 campaignâ€”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. â€œI 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.â€