Crystal A. Coleman
Faculty Profile

Crystal A. Coleman
Lecturer

Crystal Coleman is an assurance principal with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, a Top Ten national accounting firm. 

For 14 years, Coleman was a part-time lecturer in the CSU Sacramento College of Business, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate accounting courses, prior to her involvement with the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) Program.  Coleman continues to serve on the College of Business Advisory Counsel at CSU Sacramento.  

Coleman’s professional experience includes a blend of private industry and public accounting. She worked in the banking industry during and after college and has experience as an operations manager and controller for a privately held sales and distribution company.  She entered the public accounting profession in 2001 working in both the tax and audit disciplines and was admitted as a partner of GALLINA LLP (acquired by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in 2017) in 2008.  Coleman also served as a director and audit committee chair for Five Star Bank, a community bank in Northern California, from 2013 to 2019.  

Coleman is a licensed CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Coleman is also a Certified Employee Benefit Plan Specialist and co-authored Risk Based Audits of Employee Benefit Plans, a nationally distributed technical audit guide publication for the accounting profession.  Coleman is a frequent speaker at the AICPA National Conference on Employee Benefit Plans, the Western Benefits Conference and the ISCEBS Annual Symposium.  Coleman is the principal in charge of the CliftonLarsonAllen LLP employee benefit plan practice for the Southwest region of the United States.  

Coleman earned her MBA and M.S. in accountancy from CSU Sacramento and her B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

Coleman’s personal interests include continuous learning, reading, hiking, cooking, wine tasting and overseas travel.  She has visited all seven continents, the Arctic and more than 45 countries.