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Jackie Cardello, CPA

Managing Partner/Audit Partner

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Jackie Cardello, CPA is managing partner of the firm of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman and has been auditing and accounting in both the public and private sectors since 1996.

Ms. Cardello specializes in audits of nonprofit organizations including 501(c)(3) charitable entities, associations, private voluntary organizations and various arts, advocacy, community development and other charitable institutions. She oversees the planning and budgeting of audits in accordance with the Yellow Book and Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). She also leads the firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice, including audits of 401(k), 401(a), 403(b), profit-sharing, pension, and health and welfare plans.

Ms. Cardello regularly writes articles and presents seminars to the nonprofit community on topics such as financial management, nonprofit retirement plans and employee benefit plan audits. Her recent presentations include “Financial Leadership: Best Practices,” “Nonprofit Retirement Plans: What You Must Know” and “The 5500 Experience from the Auditor’s Perspective.”

  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting, University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center
  • Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)
  • Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA)
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Lead Coach, Girls on the Run of Montgomery County

Community Involvement
  • Board of Governors, The Greater Washington Society of CPAs
  • Community Council, Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County

Recent Articles

“We chose Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman from a pool of applicants because they impressed us with their knowledge and awareness of issues facing our organization.”

Darla Mecham |  Vice President-Finance
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law