John Alfonso
CPA, CGMA, Partner - Not-for-Profit & Education Industry Leader

With over 35 years of experience, John Alfonso has dedicated his career to helping make not-for-profit organizations’ missions possible. Serving in a variety of client service roles, John's clients have included community development corporations, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, museums, private foundations, professional and trade associations, and social service agencies.


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Experience and credentials

Leader of CohnReznick’s Not-for-Profit & Education Industry practice which serves over 1,700 organizations nationwide.
Holds volunteer leadership roles in several nationally recognized not-for-profit organizations and is a 30+ year volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Appointed chair of the ACS’s national Board of Directors in 2021 and prior to this, chaired its national Audit & Risk Committee and the Finance Committee. 
Received the ACS’s St. George National Award in 2014 and became an Honorary Life Member in 2022. 
Currently serves on the ACS’s Greater New York City Area Board. 
Member of Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC). Serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
Serves as an advisor to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.
Frequent panelist, moderator, and lecturer on not-for-profit accounting standards, board governance, risk management, and information technology.
Named to Notable Hispanic Leaders and Executives by Crain’s New York Business
Served as a program judge for CohnReznick’s Gamechangers in ESG Awards


BA, Accounting and Information Systems – City University of New York, Queens College

Professional affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee
Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, Member

Alfonso Assumes American Cancer Society Board Chair Role