Richard Simitian

Board Member
Weingart Center for the Homeless

Audit Partner
Grant Thornton LLP

Serving on the Board since 2007

“Over the last decade, I feel that our society has become complacent regarding the homeless in our country,” says Rich. “Nobody in America should be without a place they call home. I joined the Weingart Center Board because I believe the people of the Weingart Center have a solution that can change the lives of thousands and make the city of Los Angeles an even greater place to live,” adds Rich. “Please join me in contributing to an organization that provides a solution to homelessness in our city.”


Rich is the Audit Partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s Southern California practice. Prior to assuming this role, Rich served as the audit practice leader for five years. Over his 20 year career with Grant Thornton, Rich has provided auditing, accounting, SEC and business advisory services to restaurants, social service, real estate, trade associations and manufacturing and distribution companies.

As a member of the Firm’s National Assurance Practice Leadership Committee, Rich chaired the Continuing Education Task Force for two years. He graduated from the Firm’s Partner Leadership Program in 2005, a leadership training program for emerging leaders within Grant Thornton. As the Managing Partner of Grant Thornton’s Southern California practice, Rich instituted a “Passion for Our Community” program designed to promote and support nonprofit organizations that touch the people of Grant Thornton.

Rich graduated from Pace University, New York where he received his B.S. in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant in California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (“CalCPA”). In addition to being a member, Rich serves as member of the council of CalCPA.

The Weingart Center for the Homeless provides comprehensive human services to homeless men, women, veterans, parolees, families, HIV+ and other at-risk individuals, giving them the skills, resources, and hope they need to lead productive lives off the streets. Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, the Weingart Center for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

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