Governor Branstad will serve as one of the three public or non-CPA directors on AICPA's Board of Directors. The other public directors are William Trueheart, President of the Pittsburgh Foundation, and Thomas Campbell, Dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.
Barry Melancon, President and CEO of the AICPA, said, "Governor Branstad's devotion to public service and keen knowledge of government is a combination that will greatly benefit the Institute and its members. We look forward to his insights and contributions."
First elected in 1982, Governor Branstad was the youngest and longest serving governor in Iowa's history, serving four consecutive terms. He has consulted on four presidential campaigns and is a recognized leader in grassroots politics. He has most recently served as Chair of President George W. Bush's President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, for which he developed a plan to improve the educational performance of students with disabilities.
Governor Branstad is a financial advisor with Robert W. Baird & Co., Incorporated in West Des Moines, Iowa. He is also a partner with Kaufman, Pattee, Branstad & Miller, a public policy and government relations firm based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Boston, Denver, West Des Moines and Las Vegas. Governor Branstad and his wife Chris have three grown children: Eric, Allison and Marcus.The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the national, professional organization of CPAs with more than 340,000 members in business and industry, public practice, government, and education. It sets U.S. auditing and professional ethical standards and, with the Financial Accounting Standards Board, U.S. accounting standards. The AICPA is the first national, professional membership association to be ISO 9001 certified, in recognition of its quality management and assurance practices.