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Zhongfang ‘Fang’ Zheng
As controller, Zhongfang “Fang” Zheng plays a critical role in improving and maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of StriveTogether’s accounting, finance and grants administration.
Before joining StriveTogether, Fang was the audit manager of a Cincinnati-based public accounting firm, Richardson & Associates, where she managed audit and consulting projects primarily for nonprofit and government clients. Her expertise areas include nonprofit accounting, grant management and compliance, internal controls, financial analysis and Forms 990.
A volunteer and judge for the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program, Fang is passionate about encouraging and supporting high academic and cultural achievement among disadvantaged high school students. She grew up in a family with generations of teachers, including her late mother, who taught Chinese in an elementary school for 30 years, and her sister, who teaches English in the same school in Fang’s hometown of Nanyue in Hunan Province, China.
Zhongfang holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering in computer science from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, a master’s in information science from Shanghai University, and a master’s in accountancy from Bowling Green State University. She has been a certified public accountant since March 2012.
Progress is the one value that is most important to me. When I first moved to Cincinnati nine years ago, I was a fresh graduate with an accounting degree but with no work experience. Over the last nine years, I grew professionally to become a CPA and controller, and grew personally to become a proud mother of two children. I’ve learned to self-reflect and constantly strive for excellence in the hope of progressing daily.