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Lisa Johnson


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Lisa Johnson, CPA, finds the passion that her clients have for their mission contagious. She's been helping nonprofits grow through audit and accounting services for 17+ years.



Lisa recently got hooked on golf and loves to hit the course.

Lisa Johnson, CPA, helps nonprofits and businesses with accounting, audit and tax services. With clients ranging from nonprofits to construction contractors to manufacturing businesses, Lisa holds a special place in her heart for helping nonprofits grow.

As a nonprofit board member, Lisa understands the day-to-day struggles that nonprofits face. Lisa is passionate about finding ways to help her clients become more efficient whether it’s helping them strengthen their infrastructure, comply with complex government regulations or better understand their financial status.

A member of the firm’s audit team, Lisa specializes in financial statement audits, Single Audits and employee benefit plan audits. When asked about his experience with Lisa as his auditor, Ben Shifrin of the Jemicy School described Lisa as “extremely accessible and very easy to work with.”

Working with nonprofits is a passion for Lisa both in and outside of the office. She currently serves as a board member and the treasurer for Community Law in Action, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to developing young people to be leaders, and the treasurer of her Church Endowment Fund.

She helped launch Gross Mendelsohn's women's initiative, known as RISE, and is chairperson of the program. Recognized as a national leader in gender diversity, she spoke at the American Institute of CPAs' 2019 Women’s Global Leadership Summit in San Diego, sharing insights and inspiring audience members to implement diversity programs at their own firms.

Lisa holds the American Institute of CPAs’ Not-for-Profit Certification, which is awarded to CPAs who prove their proficiency in nonprofit financial reporting, auditing, governance and tax compliance.


  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and finance, James Madison University (2001)


  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Maryland Association of CPAs
  • Maryland Nonprofits

More Fun Facts

  • Nothing energizes Lisa more than spending time with her husband and two children.
  • At home, Lisa has the most organized kitchen junk drawer that you’ll ever find.

Articles By Lisa

How to Make Your Private School’s Next Audit Stress-free

We recently polled private school heads and financial staff to find out whether their last audit was “stress-free.” Not surprisingly, nearly half of respondents answered “no.” While it’s easy to look at your school’s annual audit as a necessary evil, not to mention time consuming and stress inducing, there are several often overlooked benefits to the annual audit.

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5 Mistakes Nonprofits Make on Their Form 990 That Send Donors Running

When it comes to fundraising, you may be surprised that some donors, and especially those with deep pockets, could be taking a long look at your nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 before signing their first (or hundredth) donation check.

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What Nonprofits Should Know about OMB’s Uniform Guidance

In December 2013, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its long-awaited final grant reform rules. The “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,” more commonly known as the “Uniform Guidance,” consolidated and updated eight previous OMB circulars into a single set of regulations. These changes improved clarity, consistency and accessibility and consisted of changes to audit and administrative requirements, and cost principles. These regulations – designed to reduce administrative burden and the risk of waste, fraud and abuse – are effective for all Single Audits for years beginning on or after December 26, 2014.

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