Ronia Tan holds the position of Controller at WestEd. She manages and directs the agency’s Accounting and Procurement Departments, overseeing WestEd’s fiscal functions, including the Accounting general ledger, Accounts Receivable, billing and collection, Accounts Payable and disbursements, Payroll, Cash Management, Financial Reporting, and Fiscal Audits. Tan’s oversight of the Procurement Department includes responsibility for compliance with state and federal procurement standards, the agency’s travel program, and infrastructure RFPs.
Tan implemented a process within the Accounting Department to ensure that payments to vendors are prompt, resulting in documented vendor satisfaction. She also ensures WestEd receives payments from funders in a timely manner, and her work has helped to improve WestEd staff satisfaction. She implemented the Accounting Help Desk through which department staff promptly and efficiently assist project staff with general accounting guidelines, procedures, and forms.
Tan is WestEd’s liaison for external and internal audits. Her work has greatly contributed to WestEd’s ranking by the federal government as a low-risk auditee. Tan also serves on WestEd’s CEO Cabinet as a formal advisor to executive leadership.
Tan joined Far West Laboratory for Research and Development in 1983 as an Accounting Assistant and Receptionist. After earning a bachelor degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University, Tan was promoted to General Ledger Accountant. She went on to serve as the Accounting Manager, eventually assuming her current position of Controller in 1996 (by which time Far West had merged with another regional laboratory and become WestEd).
Tan is the site administrator for WestEd’s Los Alamitos office.