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Madelyn Alfano is the CEO and owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 100% woman privately owned restaurant group.  With headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, and 380 plus employees, Madelyn led the transformation from a family-owned single location grocery/deli to an 8-location multimillion dollar business by acquisition, organic growth, and brand building into a profitable casual dining, central commissary, and catering kitchen enterprise.  Madelyn was Chair of the Statewide California Restaurant Association in 2020 working with State of California and local government officials in securing public policy to protect 100,000 restaurant owners and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Madelyn is an active leader in YPO and Co-Chair of the YPO Food and Beverage Network  and past chair of NAWBOLA foundation representing all woman owned businesses in Los Angeles County. Madelyn graduated UCLA, with a BS in Psychology in 1980 and MDE from the UCLA Anderson Business School in 2015. She lives in Venice Beach CA, is married to Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, and has three children, Cpt Nicolas Reitzin 28, Josh Tucker 32 and Danielle Tucker 32. In August 2019 Madelyn was presented with the Beacon Award; on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women, which recognizes woman leaders who serve as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. In 2021 the San Fernando Business journal recognized Madelyn as one of the top 200 Most influential Leaders