Before being appointed President and CEO, Terri Weems joined DESC in 2017 to become the Chief Financial Officer. She led the organization’s Finance, HR, IT and Facilities departments focusing on developing metrics and leveraging data to inform the organization’s decision-making. She led DESC’s process optimization and continuous improvement efforts and is an accomplished leader having previously managed several successful projects aimed at solving complex problems.
She is a multi-disciplined Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 20 years of experience spanning accounting, financial reporting, and auditing both in the US and abroad. She leverages this experience to resolve complex business and accounting issues, advise on internal control systems, and facilitate operational and strategic planning.
Prior to joining DESC, Terri audited and advised Fortune 500 companies for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). She also directed firm-wide innovation and transformational change efforts for PwC which led to improved organizational performance and improved profitability. She was responsible for designing, delivering and administering new workforce models, talent brands and performance management processes and several new technologies and procedures aimed at improving efficiencies, reducing the potential for compliance issues and managing interdependencies.
Terri earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master in Accounting degrees from Ohio University. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Michigan CPAs, and National Association of Black Accountants. She is heavily involved in mentoring youth throughout Detroit Public Schools and the metro Detroit area.