Six Maryland CPAs have been included among the “40 Under 40 Black CPAs” in America, a list announced on Sept. 16 by the organizing partners of the Black CPA Centennial.

The Maryland honorees are:

  • Jessica Lewis of Riveron Consulting LLC
  • Jessica McClain of Brand USA
  • Renee Rawlins of KPMG LLP
  • Aaron Slaughter of Withum Smith+Brown PC
  • Nicholas Tatum of Under Armour 
  • Jeff Wilson II of The W2 Group LLC

Wilson is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Board of Directors. Rawlins is an MACPA member, and McClain and Tatum are members of the MACPA Foundation, which works to build a strong and diverse talent pipeline by providing resources, training, scholarships, and mentorship connections in order to increase growth and engagement.

“We’re tremendously proud that Maryland is so well represented on the ’40 Under 40 Black CPAs’ list,” said Jackie Brown, president and CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs. “These six leaders are among a new generation of CPAs who are building the blueprint for a more diverse, equal, and inclusive profession, and the future of our profession is brighter because of the work they do.”

The select group of 40 Under 40 Black CPA Award winners will be formally honored at the virtual Black CPA Centennial Celebration on Nov. 12. See the complete list of honorees here.

The Black CPA Centennial is a year-long celebration in recognition of the 100th anniversary of John W. Cromwell Jr. becoming the first Black CPA in the United States. The celebration is led by a consortium of organizing partners, including the AICPA, the Diverse Organization of Firms, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Association of Black Accountants, and the National Society of Black CPAs.

“We’re extremely excited to recognize the next generation of Black CPAs who’ll build on the success of those who came before them,” said Todd Shapiro, president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “It’s our hope that recognizing the success of this diverse group of accomplished young CPAs will help drive momentum, encouragement, and support for others to continue to overcome adversity and inspire positive change in their personal and professional communities.

“These remarkable individuals are active mentors and leaders, untiring advocates, driven changemakers, and an inspiration to others,” Shapiro added. “They demonstrate determination, innovation, and professional success. Building upon the leaders who paved the way for others, these 40 award recipients are serving their communities and advancing diversity in the profession.”

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