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Professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds come to Realize for a variety of reasons. Many of our staff accountants came to the firm directly after graduating from the best university accounting programs. Some have joined us from other firms and others came to accounting from completely different career paths. Our current team even includes a former chef who pivoted successfully into this profession.

Jill Lervold, one of our senior partners, says, “Our firm culture of collaboration requires that we have people who can build good relationships with each other as team members and with our clients. Our partners and associates know that a successful client relationship is based as much on the ability to interact with people as what appears on the bottom line. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to work with professionals whom I respect, who are passionate, and with whom I have shared values.”

Realize is proud to focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) at all levels internally and among our clients and trusted advisers. We are committed to fostering a workplace of equal access to advancement and opportunity. We celebrate uniqueness and difference, and our diverse backgrounds power our creativity and enhance our relationships.

Beyond day-to-day responsibilities, team members at Realize are encouraged to continue to grow via a mentor program and are actively involved in various aspects of firm management through working groups called “pods” (e.g. Training, Rewards, Community & Wellness). The firm also offers the opportunity for continuing education in related fields.

We are Proud Alumni

Realize is committed to recruiting top-tier accounting graduates. We attend career fairs and events at the University of San Francisco, California State University East Bay, Sonoma State, and many other local colleges. Many of our professionals are also pursuing advanced degrees at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Email us at and we’ll let you know when we’re coming to your school.

Why Choose Realize?

We are eager to help you succeed and adapt as an individual and as a valued team member. Our staff enjoy immediate involvement with clients and other team members to ensure a smooth transition from student life into a professional setting. You will have the opportunity to work closely with Managers and Partners while working on interesting projects to accelerate your transition and learning process.
Realize understands that our people are fundamental to our success. Our professionals work hard during our April and October busy seasons; however, during the off-seasons, our professionals generally work 40-hour weeks. In addition to health, dental, and vision benefits, we also provide:

  • Paid overtime for staff employees
  • CPA exam incentives and benefits
  • Continuing educational assistance
  • A Health and Wellness stipend
  • A flexible work environment
  • Profit sharing contributions

At Realize, we also enjoy many firm-wide social and team-building events throughout the year, not limited to: retreats, holiday parties, baseball games, and community service events.

What Does This Mean for You?

Realize offers you an exciting career path with a successful community of professionals. As a team, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal career goals. If you are interested in joining our team, please download our application and email a completed version with your resume and cover letter to

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