SoBA Accounting, MAcct Alumna Wins Practitioner Excellence Award for Finance

Beth Atherton

SoBA alumna Beth Atherton recently won InsideNGO's Practitioner Excellence Award for Finance for her work as finance director at Nuru International, a non-governmental organization that works to end global poverty.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Atherton earned her bachelor’s in business and her Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Montana.

Atherton provided audit and advisory services to public companies, nonprofits and governmental entities with KPMG in Anchorage, Alaska.  She also taught auditing and pursued doctoral studies in corporate social responsibility reporting at the University of Arkansas before deciding to follow her passion of working to end extreme poverty.

“SoBA and the Master of Accountancy program provided the foundation of my career,” said Atherton. “The faculty and staff at SoBA gave me the tools, resources and confidence to begin my career at a Big 4 firm and then to use that skill set to follow my passion into international development and nonprofits. The lessons I learned at SoBA as they continue to be relevant in my day to day work.”

InsideNGO presented the Practitioner Excellence Award for Finance to Atherton for her work with Nuru International’s flagship project in Kenya.  She helped rebuild the entire local finance department while solving pressing operational and regulatory issues. She strengthened Nuru Kenya’s foundations and ensured sustainability of the now fully Kenyan-led organization.