Christian Spencer

Tate & Tryon

Christian Spencer is a partner within the Firm’s Audit and Assurance Services practice and has more than 17 years of public accounting experience.

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE)
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA)
  • ASAE Finance and Business Operations Section Council (FBOSC) Education, Licenses & Certifications
  • B.S, Accounting and Commerce, University of Virginia
  • Certified Public Accountant


Christian Spencer is a partner within the Firm’s Audit and Assurance Services practice with over 17 years of public accounting experience, including 15 years working exclusively with nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Tate & Tryon, Mr. Spencer worked as a director in the Vienna, VA offices of McGladrey & Pullen, LLP where he provided audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $300 million.

Professional and Industry Experience

Mr. Spencer’s experience includes planning and managing the audits of a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including associations, charitable and educational organizations including those with for-profit subsidiaries and political action committees. In addition Mr. Spencer has worked with a number of private schools in the Washington DC area. He has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations with alternative investments. He has conducted onsite internal control reviews at foreign field offices in Greece, the United Kingdom, Romania, Belgium, Serbia, and Germany. In addition he has done internal control reviews at large trade shows. His responsibilities include supervising engagements, drafting financial statements, composing management letters, advising clients on accounting policies and technical accounting issues, ensuring that critical audit deadlines are met, and leading and facilitating presentations to Audit Committees and Board of Directors. Mr. Spencer has managed the audit engagements for nonprofit organizations such as:

  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States (OMB A-133)
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Cruise Lines International Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Sportfishing Association (OMB A-133)
  • National Association of Broadcasters

Other Activities

Mr. Spencer sits on the audit committee of a large 501(c)(3) Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing food and shelter services to individuals in need. In addition, he is a member of the Finance and Business Operations Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives. He participates in ongoing continuing education courses for not-for-profit accounting and has written articles for various publications.