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Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1999. She entered public accounting as a staff auditor at a statewide firm in Anchorage, Alaska, focusing on audits of governmental entities. She earned her CPA designation from the State of Alaska in 2001.

In 2002, she relocated to Tucson, Arizona and continued her career as a senior auditor with a local firm that specializes in not-for-profit auditing, accounting and taxation. She was promoted to audit partner in 2007 and continued to serve in that capacity until 2012.

In May 2004, Jennifer obtained the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The CFE designation enhances her ability to perform audits by providing her with the training and tools needed to prevent, detect and investigate fraud.

From June 2008-2013, Jennifer served on the Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy, and was the chairperson from 2010-2011. Through this committee, Jennifer was able to give back to the CPA profession, stay apprised of current auditing and accounting issues and do her part to assure the public that the CPA profession in Arizona operates at the highest level of professional competence.

In April 2012, she formed Jennifer J. Phillips, CPA, PLLC where she continues to specialize in not-for-profit entities. To date, she has performed attestation services for approximately 200 Arizona tax-exempt organizations. Jennifer’s specific experience includes the following:
  • Single Audit/OMB Circular A-133
  • Voluntary health and welfare
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Community foundations
  • Federated fundraising
  • Charter schools and private schools
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Special districts (governmental)
  • Homeowners’ associations
  • Membership organizations

In June 2013, Jennifer was elected to the Board of Directors for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. She is currently the Audit Committee Chairperson and serves on the Executive Committee.