Raffa Admits Gilbert as Partner and Tarpey as COO

Jean Gilbert

Jean Gilbert

Washington, D.C.-based Raffa PC (FY16 net revenue of $47.9 million) admitted Jean Gilbert as partner, and Laurie Tarpey as COO.

Raffa’s demographics contrast sharply with national industry trends. More than 70% of partners, managers and employees are women, people of color, LGBT or born outside the U.S.

With Gilbert’s admission, 12 of 18 partners at the firm are women. In May of 2014 Raffa earned certification as a B (as in “Benefit”) Corporation, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“We are proud of the diversity and experience that our leadership teams offer our clients,” says Tom Raffa, founder and CEO. “And as a B-Corp, we are part of a community of just 2,100 businesses across the globe whose core values and guiding principles have redefined success in business to include not only financial success, but also adherence to stringent standards of transparency and social and environmental accountability. Both Jean and Laurie have proven their commitment to this vision time and again with our clients and with our internal team. I know that they will help us continue to grow the firm and do more in our community.”

Gilbert joined Raffa’s managed accounting services in 2006. She works with more than 100 staff accountants providing outsourced and accounting services to more than 200 clients. Her team will also conduct financial and operational risk assessments, evaluate internal controls, make efficiency recommendations and provide expert support for spin-offs, mergers and dissolutions.

“I am honored to be a part of such an innovative firm and talented team. I know Raffa will continue to provide more value and insight to our clients than other firms can because of the strength and diversity of our leadership,” says Gilbert.

Laurie Tarpey

Laurie Tarpey

In a newly created role, Tarpey will work closely with Raffa’s partners on the company’s overall strategic goals and execution. She joined Raffa’s managed accounting services group in 2016 where she has proven herself as a valuable asset to the firm and her clients by providing services that have included partnering with the CFO of a $70 million, multi-entity nonprofit on organizational process improvements and financial analysis.

“I look forward to joining an already successful, energetic leadership team to spearhead our internal operations to continue to align our strategy and practices with Tom’s vision of a firm that not only does well but that also does good in the world,” says Tarpey.