I am an Assistant Professor at Saint Peter’s University, where I teach accounting and taxation. I’m a licensed CPA and formerly worked in public accounting. I live in Jersey City and have children who attend the public schools.
Civic Parent’s Roots.
I started CivicParent in December 2013 after Mayor Fulop reversed from a key campaign promise to help fund the public schools with abatement funding. What started out as a relatively low-cost, easy way for me to research, learn, and share what I learned about abatements and taxes with friends and neighbors has transformed over the years into a fiscal literacy platform that includes:
- A targeted series of articles that aim to help educate taxpayers about core financial data impacting civic life (e.g. Revaluation, Abatements)
- Community organizing & advocacy that leverages the CivicParent.org platform as an information-sharing vehicle
- Civic tools that offer readers interactive, filterable views into state, county, and local public data.
I was ruined for life by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps when I was twenty-two; that experience taught me the value of systemic, practiced civic engagement to help the marginalized and under-served. If we don’t proactively care for our community, our community will degrade & suffer and those at the margin will be most at risk. Always strive to do more, to help more; that was the lesson I learned from JVC & what continues to drive me today.
I enjoy advocacy in community. It’s social, interesting, and ever-changing. Connecting in community is a great way to build your network, learn about your neighbors, and grow your community footprint.
Professionally, I’m a tax accountant and licensed CPA and spent most of my career in public accounting. I started CivicParent.org as I learned more about how local government in Jersey City works. I enjoy learning about, writing about, and talking about taxes because they represent the intersection of public and private interests. We can learn a lot about our community’s priorities by looking at how, and where, we prioritize our spending.
I currently work at Saint Peter’s University, the Jesuit University of NJ. It is a welcome return to my civic roots, as I aim to combine my professional background with Ignatian principles.
Brigid D’Souza, CPA MBA | Brigid@CivicParent.org