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James Godsey


Jim has over 30 years of experience in governmental auditing, training, accounting and management services. Jim’s areas of expertise include state and local governmental auditing, forensic audits, fraud audits, management audits and audits in compliance with the Single Audit Act. He is an expert in the field of governmental and nonprofit accounting.

Jim has been leading MGO’s efforts and commitment to innovation using technology in the audit process. Jim developed MGO’s approach to data analytics through the use of IDEA and is leading the discussion on continuous auditing, cybersecurity and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the financial statement audit process. Prior to joining Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP, Jim was a Senior Partner with Quezada, Godsey & Co. Jim is a frequent speaker in the community, presenting on topics such as: investment accounting and disclosures, Pension and OPEB reporting, and Risk Assessment and Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting and Information Technology.

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from George Mason University

Professional Affiliations
Member, AICPA
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, ASCEND Pan-Asian Leaders
Member, Asian Business League of San Francisco
Member, GFOA Special Review Committee for CAFR awards
Past Member of the Board and Past President, National Association Job Training Assistance (NAJA)
Past Advisor to the Board of Directors, Civic Center Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants
Past Advisor to the Board of Directors, LAMAAA