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CPA Pathways | Katie Scopelleti, CPA, MSA

March 02, 2023

Our CPA Pathways series highlights the different careers and career paths of CPAs, both in industry and public accounting. 

Katie Scopelleti, CPA, MSA
Field Representative for the Bureau of Local Accounts within the Division of Local Services | Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Read on to learn about her career path, current role and advice for accounting students.

What initially interested you in accounting?

Truthfully, a little curiosity and friendly sibling rivalry brought me down the true accounting path. My brother who is a few years older than me, found his accounting classes challenging. At the time, I was an undecided freshman and wanted to see if I was up to the challenge.

What has your career path looked like?

I really took the time to find what matched my lifestyle and the balance I wanted to maintain as a professional. While I committed to completing the CPA Exam, I was fortunate to gain insight on IT system development as it relates to financial reporting. As a product owner, I managed the priorities of accounting business users, and I also have experience at both large and small public accounting firms and have exposure to audit, tax and consulting services. After a few years in public accounting, I transitioned to working as a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Initially, I worked within the Accounting Unit of the Division of Professional Licensure and I now assist municipalities with meeting regulatory requirements for financial submissions in the Division of Local Services within the Department of Revenue.

Tell us about your current role.

I am currently a field representative for the Bureau of Local Accounts within the Division of Local Services.  

We work to improve accounting reporting and financial management in municipalities, districts and regional school districts through regulatory review and technical support. Field staff deal directly with local officials in specific municipal finance subjects, such as tax rate setting, form and data submission, policy implementation and accounting best practices. My territory is predominantly the Cape and Islands.

When did you first get involved with MassCPAs?

I first joined as a student member and attended a networking event to meet various firms and understand the industry offerings and possible career paths.

What is something you wish you knew as a student?

Never underestimate reaching out on your own to a professional as a mentor. I have been very lucky and I’m still impressed with how many busy professionals take time out of their schedules to support students in evaluating their next steps.