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Joanne S. Barry, CAE, is Executive Director and CEO of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), a 28,000-plus professional member association for CPAs and other accounting professionals in New York State. In this role she also serves as the executive director of the NYSSCPA’s Foundation for Accounting Education. Both organizations are headquartered in New York City. Barry also serves as President-elect of the CPA Society Executives Association (CPA/SEA) Board of Directors; and on the Montclair State University Accounting, Law and Taxation Advisory Board; St. John University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Department of Accounting and Taxation Executive Advisory Board; Accountants Forum Board of Directors, and on the board of the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). She has also served as Vice Chair of the AICPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Barry was named by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the most Powerful Women in Accounting; and for the past five consecutive years has been included in Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. In 2012, she was honored with the NYSAE’s Outstanding Association Executive Award. Barry’s career at the NYSSCPA began in 1981 as Assistant Director of Public Relations. She maintained several other management positions prior to her appointment as Executive Director, including Director of Public Relations, Director of Communications, Managing Director of Communications and Deputy Executive Director. Barry began her career in communications at Hackensack University Medical Center and prior to the NYSSCPA, worked at the New York City School Volunteer Program. Barry received her BA in English with a journalism concentration from Montclair State University; and an MS in Management and Urban Policy with a concentration in non-profit management at The New School in New York City. She is also a certified association executive (CAE), the highest professional credential in the association industry. Barry and her husband, Edward, reside in Union, N.J., and have three sons– Christopher, Justin and Joshua.