Vanessa Burke, CPA, CPFO


Vanessa Burke is a Partner at The Pun Group, LLP, focusing on governmental accounting and financial management. With over 27 years of experience in auditing and finance, Ms. Burke has worked with a broad spectrum of clients, including government, nonprofit, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and distribution, and insurance.

Prior to joining The Pun Group, LLP, Ms. Burke served as managing director for Grant Thornton’s West Region office. Her resume includes public accounting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Moss Adams, as well as serving as a private sector CFO. Much of her expertise in the public sector stems from her work as chief financial officer for the City of Stockton during its high-profile bankruptcy, and as senior advisor for large accounting and advisory firms, guiding the City of San Bernardino and other municipalities through their fiscal challenges.

The veteran CPA is also a sought-after speaker who has presented on many technical and non-technical topics, and is an active member of several professional CPA organizations. In addition to being recognized for her expertise in California municipal finance circles, she is also one of 650 individuals in the United States accredited as a Certified Public Finance Officer by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

Ms. Burke has earned a reputation as a respected financial advisor and dedicated advocate for her clients. She possesses a deep commitment to her profession, and consistently demonstrates the high quality of work ethics and representation her clients expect and deserve.

• Education

BS degree in Business Administration (Concentration in Accounting) from California State University, Sacramento.

• Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – California
  • Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) – US
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • Member, Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee of the CalCPA
  • Co-Chair, CalCPA Annual Government Accounting and Auditing Conference


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