First Female CEO Takes Reins at PA Institute of CPAs

Jennifer Cryder

The board of directors for The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has unanimously selected Jennifer L. Cryder as its CEO and executive director. The selection marks the first time in PICPA’s 125-year history that a woman is at the helm of the state association, and she is only the sixth executive to serve in the role since that time.

Cryder joined the PICPA in 2015 as vice president of operations and CFO and was promoted to executive vice president and COO in 2018. In her time at the PICPA, Cryder has overseen all operational and financial aspects of the business. Prior to joining the PICPA, she was senior manager in EisnerAmper LLP’s not-for-profit practice.

“I’m incredibly honored to assume the role of CEO and executive director,” Cryder says. “As a student attending my first accounting class, I could never have imagined the life and career that becoming a CPA would create. It’s been a privilege serving the PICPA for the past six years, and I look forward to serving CPAs in Pennsylvania and the profession in this new role.”

Michael D. Colgan, PICPA’s retiring CEO and executive director, says, “Jen has performed exceptionally during her tenure at the PICPA, and as a CPA has a thorough understanding of the profession’s landscape, challenges, and opportunities. Cryder will begin serving as CEO and executive director Sept. 1. After a short transition period, Colgan will retire on Dec. 31, 2021.

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