Rachel Wright, CPA MST is a founder and managing partner of AB FinWright, LLP, a woman-owned and veteran-owned CPA firm in California primarily serving the cannabis industry and international clients. Rachel is a proactive business leader and innovative problem-solver with over ten years of experience in the cannabis industry working with hundreds of operators in the US and abroad.
As a CPA with a Master’s Degree in Taxation and a Graduate Degree in International Taxation, a major focus of Rachel’s practice is cannabis tax planning, including state and local as well as 280E and 471(c) federal tax issues. Rachel has experience in advisory services for cannabis operators on matters such as entity formation and planning, vertical integration benefits and issues, Multi-State operations, cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolution resolution matters.
With experience in CFO advisory services and financial controller roles in manufacturing and real estate development, Rachel looks to contribute this expertise to the cannabis industry.
Rachel is also an author and thought leader and has been published in Bloomberg Tax, the Cannabis Industry Journal, Marijuana Venture, and the LA Daily Journal. She holds multiple board positions including INCBA (International Cannabis Bar Association), Audit Committee Board of Directors for CSE publicly traded company High Fusion, Co-chair of MJ Biz Conn INCBA CLE Committee, Board of Cannabis Tri-State Networking Group, and Board of Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.
Rachel is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.
Melissa Walters is a Staff Accountant and Administrative Assistant at Wright Accounting Services. A client-oriented and results-driven individual, Melissa loves seeing jobs from start to finish and feels especially rewarded by clients’ happiness when they admire the finished product and end results. She is responsible for responding to client inquiries, e-filing, sending out tax returns, and sending out organizers to obtain any necessary client information. She truly enjoys gaining more experience and knowledge each day she spends helping her clients and working with other members of the Wright Accounting Services team.
Melissa has a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration from El Camino college. She is also a certified bookkeeper and office clerk.
When she’s not busy with work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and loves the great outdoors. She often finds herself hiking, exploring new places, relaxing on the beach, and travelling to various destinations. She’s also a huge fan of music, dancing, and horror movies.