La Cienne Bryant

Title: Director of Finance
Department: Accounting
Bio: La Cienne brings to The Unity Council twenty years of accounting and operations management experience. She has collaborated with diverse teams of professionals in a variety of highly competitive industries and has a strong background in financial and fund accounting from Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), where she was in charged of the internal control compliance and process improvement. Throughout her career, La Cieanne has managed grants that funded programs for the underserved/under-deserved children within the Bay Area, cancer research, and an evidence-based grant focused on parent education to keep families together.

After receiving her MBA, La Cienne was determined to join a nonprofit whose core mission was to promote social equity, improve lives and build strong communities. The Unity Council aligned with her passion for helping others and provided an opportunity for her background in accounting to contribute to the organizations existing and long-term financial stability.

La Cienne joined The Unity Council a little more than a year ago as the Accounting Manager and was promoted to the Director of Finance position in March of 2018. As the Director of Finance, she will lead her team to provide fiscal and strategic support to assist with the success of the organization and community programs.

In her spare time, she has spent more than ten years working with youth, elderly and the disabled on a volunteer basis. La Cienne provides them tools to obtain and keep employment, learning to recognize successes that lead to a more positive self-image, identify their strengths and weakness and apply time management techniques.

We should also mention that La Cienne was raised in Oakland; she grew up within a five-mile radius from The Fruitvale District. She also loves to meet new people and often will strike a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere.
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