Holding considerable expertise in designing automated financial systems, Joan Herron San Lwin was drawn to accounting as a result of her logical nature and her fascination with the scientific precision that went into the field. First completing coursework at Parsons College from 1970 to 1972, her early career included work as a senior accountant with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as positions with Coopers & Lybrand and KPMG. From 1984 to 1997, she served as the senior financial systems consultant with CDSI.
During the mid-1980s, Ms. San Lwin had the opportunity to do work for several companies who provided accounting packages to the federal government through the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program. This led to her decision to focus on federal work and her eventual decade-long tenure with the U.S. Department of Defense and her involvement with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. San Lwin concluded her career as a senior consultant with JHSL Inc. Throughout her career, she held membership in the Association of Government Accountants to keep abreast of developments in her field.
In addition to her career responsibilities, Ms. San Lwin has been incredibly active within her community. She was a long-time volunteer with Services for the Visually Impaired, where she spent roughly 20 years supporting visually impaired individuals and helping to run various community events. For her two decades of service, she was notably presented with a certificate of recognition from the organization. Other civic involvements of hers include time spent on the boards of directors of the Friends of Little Salt Springs and the Warm Mineral Springs Little Salt Springs Archeological Society.
Having accomplished much over the years, Ms. San Lwin is proud to have spent a considerable amount of time working in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Furthermore, she cites the highlight of her career to be the general ledger project she worked on with the Department of Defense. She served as the lead accountant for a team of six people as they decomposed hundreds of general ledger postings for the U.S. Standard General Ledger, which was maintained by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Looking toward the future, Ms. San Lwin hopes to continue to enjoy her retirement in Florida.