AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest nonprofit AIDS service organizations in the U.S., provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. As chief financial officer, I am responsible for all financial aspects of the agency, including oversight of the financial reporting process, fiscal management of our government contracts, and coordination of the annual budget. I'm also actively involved in the financial planning and analysis of our fund-raising efforts, such as our direct-marketing program and the National AIDS Marathon Training Program. I report directly to the agency's executive director, but I also work with the treasurer of our board of directors to ensure that the board is fully informed about the agency from a financial perspective. In addition to the financial aspect of my job, I also oversee the information technology department, and I work closely with outside counsel on legal matters as they arise.
Before attending the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, I worked in public accounting at Arthur Andersen, with a focus on the financial services industry. After about four years, it was clear I did not see myself staying for the long term at Andersen or in the accounting industry so I applied to business school with the idea that I would transition into corporate finance or equity research.