Joanne Barry, who has served as CEO and executive director of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) since January of 2010, will step down from those roles at the conclusion of the NYSSCPA fiscal year in May 2022.
Throughout her 40-year tenure with the NYSSCPA, Barry worked on issues such as e-signatures for tax filings, marijuana taxation and regulation, and ensuring that the accounting profession was deemed an essential service in the state throughout the pandemic. She also oversaw the creation of a pipeline for young, future accountants of color in a program to address the dearth of those individuals underrepresented in the profession.
“[Her] leadership of the society has provided the blueprint for our continued success,” says former NYSSCPA president Scott Adair. “Joanne’s ability to make sure that our voice is heard at all levels has truly solidified our reputation as the ‘trusted professional.’ Whether Joanne was talking to an individual member at a chapter meeting, elected officials in Albany, other state societies or the AICPA, she showed care and a true desire to learn and assist however our society could.”
In addition to the variety of roles she held at the NYSSCPA, Barry also served as a Montclair State University Accounting, Law and Taxation advisory board member; a St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business Department of Accounting and Taxation executive advisory board member; a member of the Accountants Forum board of directors; as president of the New York Society of Association Executives; as past president of the CPA Society Executives Association; and as past vice chair of the AICPA Foundation board of trustees.
“My journey with our organization has been amazing, as I witnessed the transformation of the profession through the decades,” says Barry. “I had the privilege of working with so many CPAs who were passionate about their profession. Together, we built a powerful and well-respected organization in New York.”