(Appointed by School Board Member Warren Jones)
LaSonja Williams is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years in Accounting, Auditing and Financial Management. She specializes in creating financial statements for companies and helping individuals understand what the financial numbers mean. She believes that all numbers tell a story, and that understanding the story is the key to better performance for companies and individuals. Her experience includes preparation of GAAP financial statements, SEC audits and compilation, preparation and review of monthly and quarterly financial/cash flow statements, general ledger analysis and research, preparation of monthly journal entries, account reconciliation, resolution of technical accounting issues, and accounting systems automation.
LaSonja began her career as an auditor at Arthur Anderson & Company in Washington D.C. As a senior auditor, she supervised comprehensive audits of banks and other financial services industries. She moved from Public Accounting to the private sector, working to streamline accounting processes at companies such as GTE Spacenet, Bank Boston, and Everbank.
Currently, she is the Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting Manager for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, where she analyzes and researches issues from both accounting and auditing perspectives and ensures adherence to both GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) and FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) guidelines. During the 7 years she has
been with the authority, she has successfully provided guidance and collaboration with JTA’s external auditors for 7 successful audit seasons with no audit findings.
She is also an Accounting Professor at Edward Waters College, where she teaches both Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Personal Financial Planning. In addition, she provides tax and accounting guidance through her company, LD Williams & Associates. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, and volunteering for organizations such as her
church and her sorority.
LaSonja received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University, (summa cum laude), and her Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.