Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA

Partner and Director, Risk & Advisory Services


Ms. Musser is the department director leading GRF’s Risk & Advisory services. She and her team deliver comprehensive assessments to help organizations proactively develop innovative strategies to mitigate and identify opportunities related to strategic, financial, compliance, operational, and IT risks. Her expertise includes establishing, maintaining Internal Audit Departments, optimizing internal controls, strategic planning, compliance, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), and cybersecurity programs. Ms. Musser is a distinguished recipient of the 2018 AICPA Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) Standing Ovation award. She is an Excellence in Innovation award honoree in Consulting® Magazine’s 2022 Women Leaders in Technology awards. She currently serves as president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Musser spent 10 years in public accounting focusing largely on nonprofit organizations. Her career also includes four years in Internal Audit Management roles for global SEC companies where she led major transformation initiatives such as transitions to shared service centers, cybersecurity, SOX optimization, and the development of an ERM council. Additionally, Ms. Musser spent two years at the University Of Akron where she was responsible for ERP system upgrades and system integrations while also working as an adjunct faculty member teaching micro computer business applications.

GRC Outlook Audit-Management Dec-2022 Cover StoryMs. Musser is a proud CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and has a passion for being of service to the Deaf and Nonprofit community at large. Ms. Musser has sat on numerous nonprofit boards throughout her career and actively volunteers.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S. in Professional Accounting, University of Akron
  • B.S. in  Accounting Information Systems, University of Akron
  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Certificate, University of Akron
  • Licensed CPA in Maryland
  • Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), CITP Task Force
  • Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)
  • Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Washington, DC Chapter, President and Past Vice President of Programming


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