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My plan to drive my first car until it died actually came to fruition 11 years later, although the engine locking up and all power shutting off while at a red light during rush-hour traffic was not ideal.
Jeff Zeleji
Principal, CPA


I oversee the audit planning and risk assessment process to ensure all my clients’ not-for-profit-specific and other compliance concerns are addressed during their organization’s audit. I’m also the industry technical specialist (ITS) for the firm’s not-for-profit practice and a member of our Professional Standards Team.

In my ITS role, I create and deliver content for internal trainings, perform quality control reviews of financial statements, and collaborate with Plante Moran’s other technical leaders to ensure the proper and practical implementation of new accounting standards.

Whether it relates to accounting questions or operational issues, I provide clear technical guidance and work toward practical solutions and answers to my clients’ problems and questions. I was attracted to this career because each day brings something different. I enjoy working with so many different types of organizations and teams both externally and internally.

Ever since I began my career with the firm, I’ve had numerous mentors who’ve helped me develop and prepare for the next steps in my career. I’ve reciprocated that time and effort to staff I work with in hopes that I can have the same type of impact on their careers. I’m known around the office for always making time for others’ questions and concerns.

I have more than 10 years of experience and am a member of the AICPA and the MICPA. I’ve presented numerous times on not-for-profit industry topics, including external webinars, the Resource Center for Religious Institutes’ National Conference, and the AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. I attended the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and received my master’s from Wayne State University.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my young children and coaching them in their activities. I enjoy being active, whether that’s running, playing pickup basketball, golfing, or doing yard work.