2021 Candidate Form

Aguilera_2020.jpgDoug Aguilera, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA

Stanford University

Candidate Biography

Doug started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1990 and became a licensed CPA. He has earned the Certified in Financial Forensics, the Chartered Global Management Accountant, and the Certified Fraud Examiner designations. 

Doug has 30 years of global forensic accounting and higher education expertise. He performs internal investigations at Stanford University, conducts royalty audits, and testifies as an expert in accounting matters. Doug has 18 years of experience with the “Big 4” accounting firms, and has run a successful forensic accounting practice since 2008. 

Doug joined AUTM in the mid-1990s while performing royalty audits for Stanford, MIT, FSU, and other research institutions. Doug has served on the Finance, Membership, and Audit Committees, and presented royalty audit topics at the Annual Meeting.

Doug has knowledge and skills related to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic board of directors?
I am currently on the board of a small credit union, and previously I have been on the boards of the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity and JustRead (a local non-profit). In every case, we have developed and overseen the implementation of growth strategies.  These experiences will allow me to be a full participant of AUTM’s strategic board by bringing fresh ideas, asking thoughtful questions, taking a holistic approach to future planning, and providing feedback based on 30 years of financial experience.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.
I served on the Finance Committee for several years and worked on a subcommittee to evaluate the fees paid to Kellen's predecessor organization. I was the liaison to the Membership Committee for the Finance Committee and am currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. My Audit Committee responsibilities include reviewing the financial statements prior to issuance. I recently helped to evaluate and retain the new auditor.

What motivates you to join the AUTM Board of Directors?
I love the organization and see it as an opportunity to volunteer my time to a worthy cause. It is also an opportunity for me to grow professionally by working with a diverse group of intelligent and well-educated Board members. Another motivating factor is CEO Steve Susalka. While the Treasurer role is a big commitment, I know from experience that working with Steve will make my Treasurer work stress-free (or as stress-free as possible) and enjoyable.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.
Yes. Currently, I am the California State Board of Accountancy's appointed Chair of the Enforcement Advisory Committee. Also currently, I am the Vice Chair on the board of a credit union. I have been the Treasurer and then the President of Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity, and I have been the Treasurer for JustRead.

AUTM has recently changed how the Chair is appointed each year, with the Chair now selected from amongst the sitting Board members each year. If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you further consider serving as Chair of the Board. Why or why not?
Yes. After serving as Treasurer first, I would be honored to serve as the Chair. Again, it is  another opportunity to support AUTM and to grow professionally.

Please list specific personal strengths that you believe are valuable to the AUTM Board of Directors and/or the strategic direction of the Association?
I am calm, dedicated, dependable, detail-oriented, analytical, have a proven track record and I am easy to get along with.

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan in other organizations?
At Habitat for Humanity, we were mired in a low plateau. As Board President for Habitat for Humanity, I led the development and execution of a strategy that allowed our chapter to go from building five homes a year to 10.

How does the three-year term for the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit in with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?
I have my own practice and work at Stanford University as a part-time employee. I will handle any conflicts of commitment with Stanford by taking vacation time when necessary. This is the same approach that I take to my other non-Stanford professional volunteer positions.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both amongst the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.
As someone with a Mexican heritage, I have sensitivity to these issues and can bring that to the Board. However, I need to educate myself further by reading books, listening to friends in underrepresented and repressed groups, and participating in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion so I can bring more of this type of leadership to the Board.

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?
I am qualified for the position of Treasurer, love AUTM and am available to volunteer my time as Treasurer in support of AUTM. I can (and regularly do) disagree without being disagreeable. Also, as a volunteer board member for several organizations over the last 25 years, I have rarely missed a board meeting.