Amber Hessom is the Accounting Manager at Innovation Works where her primary responsibilities include fund accounting, general cost allocations, and reconciliations. She works with the Controller to analyze federal and state grants and maintain compliance documentation including preparation of financial reports, tracking of matching expenses for grant contracts, and preparing proposals, budgets, and final reports. Amber works with our portfolio companies providing guidance on the preparation of IW investment summary budgets and final reports.
Prior to joining Innovation Works, Amber spent more than five years in public accounting at Sisterson & Co. LLP where she gained a variety of experience performing audits and preparing tax returns for clients ranging anywhere from high-wealth individuals, to corporations and pass-through entities, to not-for-profit organizations. Amber’s client list included Innovation Works and a handful of its start-up portfolio companies. Most recently, Amber worked in the corporate tax department at Allegheny Technologies, Inc. for over two years.
Amber is a CPA and 2009 graduate of Carlow University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management.
I have a variety of responsibilities at IW, which keeps things interesting, as every day presents a new set of challenges. I love the feeling of knowing the work that I do is a contribution to the success of small start-up companies in Pittsburgh. It makes working hard each day a lot easier and more enjoyable.
I began my Accounting career as many do, in the vast world of Public Accounting. I enjoyed the variety of work I received there and exposure to many different types of entities, industries, and aspects of accounting. It was there that my love for non-profit organizations began to take root, and Innovation Works became one of my favorite clients. A few years into my career I obtained my CPA license and began considering whether or not to shift my very broad Public Accounting focus to a more specialized position at a company where I could master a particular type of work. This led me to a position in corporate tax at a publicly traded global manufacturing company, where my work consisted of tax return and provision preparation. While I appreciate the experience I gained in corporate tax, I knew fairly early on that this would not be a long-term position and career path for me. A couple of years later, I was told by a former co-worker about an open position at Innovation Works, and knowing my love for the company, she recommended that I apply. I can honestly say that taking her advice is one of the best personal and career decisions I have ever made.
Outside of IW, I enjoy traveling, volunteering in the children’s ministry at church, spending time with my family, and doing just about anything outdoors.