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Justine Townsend
Instructor, Arts Leadership Program

As the director of finance at the Houston Symphony Society and the Houston Symphony Endowment, Justine Townsend, CPA, knows that a world-class arts organization only succeeds when it’s also a well-run and fiscally sound nonprofit organization. She is an alumna of the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business and holds a Nonprofit Finance Certification from Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She has previously worked with the United Way of Greater Houston and was the chief financial officer of the Galveston Bay Foundation. As an auditor with Null-Lairson, P.C., she managed over 35 nonprofit clients overseeing all areas of their audit engagements. With her in-depth knowledge of nonprofit accounting practices and a passion for service to the community, she is committed to the preservation of Houston’s arts organizations as a vital part of our economy and cultural identity.