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CalCPA State Board names CLA’s Tayiika Dennis as first vice chair

Dennis has more than 20 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) has announced that Tayiika M. Dennis, a principal at CLA’s Century City location, has been named first vice chair for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) State Board.

As first vice chair, the firm said Dennis will aim to bring a “fresh, diverse perspective” to the role, with an eye to her responsibilities as an advocator, connector, and mentor.

Dennis took office effective July 30, 2021, for a one-year term. She has been involved with CalCPA for more than 10 years, and most recently served as the secretary/treasurer of the State Board.

She has also served as Finance Committee chair; Investment Committee chair; on the State Board of Directors; State Council; Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference Planning Committee; Leadership Institute; as the Los Angeles Chapter president, vice president, and treasurer; on the Los Angeles Chapter Nonprofit Committee, Young and Emerging CPAs, Scholarship Committee, and Nominations Committee.

Dennis has more than 20 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. She provides audit and tax services for nonprofit organizations, with a special focus on social service organizations, arts and cultural organizations, and private foundations.

Prior to joining CLA, she worked at a large international CPA firm, a regional CPA firm, and at Universal Studios as a financial analyst.

She said: “I am honored to serve as first vice chair for CalCPA.My involvement with CalCPA over the years has allowed me to create opportunities for my clients and for the accounting profession. Our profession has been resilient in a year of change, and I am privileged to support our members and inspire the next generation of CPAs.

“I also take my responsibilities as a leader, especially as a woman of color, as an honor of being a trailblazer for those who will come behind me.”

CalCPA’s interim president and CEO, Richard Simitian, added: “The accounting profession is at a critical juncture

“Ty brings deep experience and governance knowledge to the CalCPA Board, which builds off her prior role as secretary/treasurer. We’re excited to work with her in her new role and thank her for her continued service to the CPA profession in California.”

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