Bay area accounting and business consulting firm Hancock & Strong LLP has augmented its not-for-profit team by hiring Mark Hancock, an attorney with more than a decade of nonprofit experience as tax director in its exempt organizations practice.

Hancock arrives at Hood & Strong from Ernst & Young LLP, where he most recently served as Northwest market leader and senior manager of the firm’s Exempt Organizations Tax Services practice group, covering a territory stretching from Northern California to Alaska. At E&Y, he provided tax advisory, planning, compliance and business consulting services to a wide range of exempt organizations across the U.S. and internationally, including public charities, private foundations, schools and universities, charitable trusts, religious organizations, trade associations and healthcare providers.

Hancock has extensive experience in planned giving, unrelated business income tax and excise tax analysis, FIN 48 and FAS 117 matters, international taxation, and financing transactions.

Previously, he practiced law as a tax attorney at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for organizing and advising the firm’s exempt clients on a wide range of financial issues, including joint ventures, domestic and cross-border reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to our not-for-profit practice group,” said Hood & Strong managing partner Robert Raffo in a statement. “He has an impressive track record as a tax expert and business advisor to exempt organizations, and will be an invaluable asset in helping clients successfully navigate today’s complicated not-for-profit financial landscape. His addition to the firm is a win for Hood & Strong and a win for our clients.”

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