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Press Release

New York State Society of CPAs Announces Search for CEO/ Executive Director

Jovan C. Richards
Published Date:
Dec 14, 2021

For Immediate Release 

Contact Person: Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager 

E: | T: 212.719.8392 


Press Release  

New York State Society of CPAs Announces Search for CEO/ Executive Director 


NEW YORK – (December 14, 2021) – New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) announced they have retained Sterling | Martin Associates (SMA) to conduct the executive search for the NYSSCPA’s new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.  

In October of 2021, NYSSCPA current Executive Director/CEO Joanne S. Barry, CAE, informed the NYSSCPA Board of Directors of her intention to retire at the conclusion of the NYSSCPA fiscal year in May, 2022.  

Barry, who has served as Executive Director/CEO since January of 2010, has become a pillar in the accounting profession for New York and nationwide, being named an Accounting Today Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for ten consecutive years. Throughout Barry’s forty-year tenure at the Society, she has also served as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Accounting Education, Inc. and the Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Inc, and Treasurer for the CPA Political Action Committee.  

Sterling | Martin Associates is a national executive search firm founded in 2006. They specialize in working with association and nonprofit organization on senior-level executive searches. SMA has worked with the American Red Cross, the California Society of CPAs, National Association of Broadcasters, and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, to name a few.  

The Executive Director/CEO is responsible, in partnership with the Board of Directors, for the success of the NYSSCPA. Together, the Board of Directors and the Executive Director/CEO ensure NYSSCPA’s value to the members, the accomplishment of NYSSCPA’s mission and vision, and the accountability of NYSSCPA to its diverse constituents. 

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Executive Director/CEO, and the Executive Director/CEO has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. 

Applicants interested in applying should visit Sterling | Martin Associates’ application portal.  

For all media inquiries, please contact Media & Government Relations Manager Jovan C. Richards at


About the NYSSCPA 

Founded in 1897, the New York State Society of CPAs ( is the premier professional accounting association for approximately 23,000 licensed members residing and practicing in New York state, encompassing all areas of public practice, including government, education, technology, nonprofit, real estate, health care and industry. It is the oldest—and the third largest—such state society in the United States.