Candace M. Raffa, CPA, MS

Tax Partner | Director of Tax and Advisory Department

714-978-1300 |

Candace joined the White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP team in 1990 as an intern. She spent the next 17 years working her way to the role of Partner. She is currently the Director of the Firm’s Tax and Advisory Department and a member of WNDE’s Executive Committee. Candace has developed an expertise in tax planning and compliance with a focus on real estate partnerships, small businesses and non-profits. She primarily serves large and middle-market companies.

Actively involved in a variety of roles at Irvine Valley College (IVC), Candace currently serves as the school’s Professor of Taxation, as a member of the Foundation Board of Governors, and as a member of the Finance Committee. She previously served as the IVC Foundation Treasurer and as an Executive Committee member.

Over the years, Candace has facilitated numerous training classes and speaking engagements in the areas of taxation and non-profit board fiscal responsibilities. She serves on various committees at WNDE and is involved with the firm’s recruiting efforts.

Candace lives in Corona with her husband, Rick, and their three boys. She loves to travel, is actively involved in volunteer work, and enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.


Technical and Service Expertise:

  • Tax Planning and Compliance
  • Extensive Non-Profit Knowledgeability
  • Involvement with Real Estate Partnerships and 1031 Exchanges

Industry Expertise:

  • Real Estate
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Professional Services
  • Non-Profit
  • Construction

Professional Affiliations:

  • CalCPA

Community Involvement:

  • IVC Professor and Multiple Board Member
  • Involvement in numerous non-profit organizations
  • Advisor to Santiago High School Booster Board of Directors


California State University, Fullerton

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Taxation