August 10, 2020

Ms. Cardello joins managing partners from across the United States honored for their superior leadership

GRF CPAs & Advisors (GRF) is pleased to announce that President and Managing Partner Jackie Cardello, CPA has been named to Accounting Today’s 2020 MP Elite. She is one of ten managing partners across the country to receive this prestigious recognition from the premier publication of the certified public accounting industry.

Accounting Today noted that while they evaluated nominees based on the same parameters they have used in the past, this year they also took into account how each managing partner responded to the current protests against racism and police brutality as well as the coronavirus. Recognized for providing leadership and prioritizing investments in technology to support the firm, Ms. Cardello pushed a model that allowed GRF to transition abruptly to full remote work in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accounting Today also commended her for leading the firm’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as well as other mentoring and leadership development initiatives.

“I could not have achieved this type of recognition without the support of the entire GRF leadership team including the partner/principal group, the directors and my colleagues at CPAmerica,” said Jackie. She noted that it all started with a strategic plan and buy-in for a vision for GRF over four years ago.

GRF’s David Graling also received the MP Elite designation in Accounting Today’s inaugural list published in 2012. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of the firm’s previous managing partner, David Graling,” said Jackie.

For more about the 2020 Managing Partner Elite including honoree profiles, visit


About Jackie Cardello, CPA

Jackie Cardello, CPA is President and Managing Partner of GRF CPAs & Advisors, a leading CPA firm with international reach headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC. While providing leadership and guidance for the firm, Ms. Cardello focuses on strategies that elevate GRF as a premier provider of accounting, assurance, tax and advisory services to nonprofit organizations, small businesses and individuals. She also spearheads initiatives that focus on recruiting and mentoring young CPAs as well as programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

An auditor by trade, Ms. Cardello provides guidance to nonprofit organizations including 501(c)(3) charitable entities, associations, private voluntary organizations and various arts, advocacy, community development and other charitable institutions. She also leads the firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice, managing and providing expertise for audits of 401(k), 403(b), pension and health and welfare plans.

Ms. Cardello is a board member of CPAmerica, a national association of CPA firms in the United States. With a passion for animals and children, she has served in various capacities for organizations such as Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County and Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. Ms. Cardello is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and a member of AICPA, MACPA, GWSCPA and the National Association of Professional Women. She was recognized by the Greater Washington Society of CPAs with their Women to Watch Award, Emerging Leader category in 2013.


About GRF CPAs & Advisors

Headquartered in Metropolitan Washington, DC, GRF CPAs & Advisors (GRF) is a full-service professional services firm providing clients with accounting, tax and advisory solutions. For over 39 years, the firm has supported the financial and operational success of for-profit and tax-exempt organizations locally, nationally and around the world.

The firm is a member of CPAmerica, one of the largest associations of CPA firms in the United States. Our membership guarantees clients access to the expertise and resources of more than 4,000 accounting and advisory professionals at 78 member firms throughout the country. CPAmerica is a member of Crowe Global, providing our firm with access to the eighth largest accounting network in the world with over 200 independent firms in more than 130 countries.

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