Office Managing Partner, Ernst &Young, San Francisco
Jeff Franco (B.S., Accounting, ’83) joined Ernst &Young as an auditor in the San Francisco office, directly upon graduation from SF State. Although he learned a lot about financial accounting and people skills as an auditor, Jeff desired to be a tax professional where he could be more aligned with his clients and able to proactively assist them in achieving their operational and financial goals. When the Tax Reform Act of 1986 passed, Jeff took advantage of this opportunity to transfer to the E&Y tax practice. He was proud to find that SF State's College of Business had provided him with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. He came to appreciate that his accounting education was thorough and practical and this background assisted him to move ahead quickly.
Since becoming a tax professional, Jeff has focused on understanding and solving the many issues faced by retail and consumer product companies. As a tax partner, he currently serves a client base that includes some of the most recognized names in the retail and consumer product industry.
Jeff was recently appointed the Office Managing Partner for the Ernst &Young San Francisco office. In his new role, Jeff is responsible for over 600 professionals from a multitude of different practices such as audit, risk advisory services, tax and transaction advisory. According to Jeff, “It was the SF State professors who made the difference. They were experienced, personable and accessible to the students.
One early recommendation I received from a faculty advisor was to consider adding a night class to my schedule each semester to achieve a more diverse classroom experience. This turned out to be sound advice. I found the insights from working professionals to be especially insightful and helpful in learning the related subject matter.”