Advocate Accounting was founded in 2013 by Erin Louis, CPA and has grown to be one of the most trusted names in Seattle for complex nonprofit accounting and consulting. More than just providing these services, we are an administrative partner and extend your in-house capacity so you can focus on your mission or business. We take pride in friendly and personable service. If you are our client, we actually care about you. If you don’t want to be cared about by us, you can’t be our client. Read more about our values.
Erin (she/her) has over thirteen years of experience working with individuals, nonprofits and campaigns and has been a CPA since 2011. She got her start specializing in tax preparation for registered domestic partners and same-sex married couples before marriage equality. She was so passionate about spreading good information about a confusing topic that she became a blogger: you can read her past articles at Financial Queeries. Erin has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Budd Bay Rugby Football Club, Capital City Pride and Stonewall Youth and has served on multiple committees to the Greater Seattle Business Association's Board of Directors. In her early days in the industry she was an instructor for the Washington State Society of CPAs’ Financial Literacy Program and is a current member of the American Institute of CPAs. Prior to accounting, Erin was a professional Texas Hold ‘Em poker dealer and still regularly visits Las Vegas to play. Don’t worry, she doesn’t gamble when it comes to accounting.
Alicia (she/her) joined Advocate Accounting in 2017 after seven years in nonprofit operations management, including as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for US Quadball, a real-life nonprofit sports league that advances gender inclusivity in sports. She loves digging into complex accounting questions and designing systems that allow small nonprofits to punch far above their weight. Outside of the office, Alicia is an avid hiker, a circus artist (her current obsession is handstands), and she also loves laying on couches piled under blankets.
Emily (she/her) joined Advocate Accounting in 2023 with over 15 years of bookkeeping experience. Whether crunching numbers for a flower farm, public television station or general contractor, she has approached every stage of her career with enthusiasm and an open mind, guided by the principle that no task is too small if it needs doing. As a fresh transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she is looking forward to exploring all the lush natural beauty the region has to offer. She is also a lawn sport enthusiast, quick to create a playlist for any occasion and would like to pet your dog.