Welcome to the AGA
St. Louis Chapter

Association of Government Accountants

Welcome to the St Louis Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants! Our chapter has around 60 members from Federal, State and Local governments and private companies. We hope you find our website helpful. read more


AGA St. Louis celebrates National Hispanic Month

Please join us in celebrating lives, culture and contributions of our Hispanic American Champions.

Photo Credit:https://blog.charitynavigator.org/2020/09/celebrating-hispanic-heritage-month_29.html


Urban Harvest has an open invite to join them on the FOOD ROOF Farm at 1335 Convention Plaza every Saturday between 9a - 11:30a through October!

They invite all members of our community to stop by our rooftop farm during this time to either get their hands dirty as volunteers or just to take in the flourishing farm and views of downtown St Louis.

Bring a book or a cup of coffee and sit at our community table, take a stroll between the raised beds, or snap photos among the plants.

Maybe check it out pick out 2 September and October it will give people a choice which to meet, hope to see you there!


October: Cynthia Cooper: Donation Sorting; St. Patrick Center | http://www.stpatrickcenter.org; Donation sorting volunteers help sort and distribute donated food and clothing on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm.

  • This is a great group volunteer opportunity. All volunteers must comply with our enhanced safety measures by taking a wellness survey upon entry, getting a temperature check, and wearing a mask at all times. Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:14

  • Cynthia Cooper, calls and emails in to see about Sister Strut, St Louis volunteer (314)333-8000, 5

  • Families Run For Ovarian Cancer 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run

Everyone please be safe and be well.

AGA-Saint Louis “The Gateway to the Best”


Member Spotlight

Dr. James Jordan

Dr. James E. Jordan Jr. currently serves as the Director of the Program Assistance Division, he has over 20 years of experience working in the federal government.  Dr. Jordan started his career supporting senior leaders and evaluating and mitigating risks through independent auditing for the U.S. Army Audit Agency including working with Company, Field and General Grade Officers at the Pentagon.  Since then, Dr. Jordan has gained experience working in areas of financial management and accounting.  The Rural Development Operation and Management Award and Abraham Lincoln Honor Award are just a few awards that Dr. Jordan has been the recipient of.  Dr. Jordan holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University and recently completed his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Missouri, - St. Louis.

Dr. Jordan wrote his dissertation to assist with the current hiring and retaining of new and existing employees at USDA. Unknowingly, Dr. Jordan research aligned with the organization’s goals of hiring new talent and encouraging employees to stay with the agency.  With this research Dr. Jordan was able to make recommendations that were either low or no cost to the government. He continues to strive towards excellence in his commitment to serve and apply his knowledge.  Dr. Jordan is inspired by continuous learning and being able to enhance his strengths and skills.  As well, as being able to empower his staff by using tasks as learning tools and allowing and showing them how to work independently. A daily motivation for Dr. Jordan is having a sense of accomplishment when completing tasks. When presented with roadblocks Dr. Jordan stated that “switching gears and later reassessing a task,” helps to bring forth new ideas. At the end of each day Dr. Jordan prepares for the next day, checking off progress made and creating a list of new tasks for the next day.

Impressively, Dr. Jordan has accomplished being one of the youngest Division Directors in his organization in addition to holding a doctorate degree.  Even now with all he has accomplished he still sets goals; his current goal is focusing on the political landscape of government XXX.  Dr. Jordan has shown that through determination, goals are attainable.  Looking back Dr. Jordan would advise his younger self to focus more and to dig deeper into a variety of interests and hobbies and embrace time with age.  Dr. Jordan believes that it is important to be accountable for your actions and taking responsibility for your actions to “analyze it and learn from it.”  He encourages our readers to be open to learning, trying new things and challenging themselves and to gain as many different experiences as possible personally and professionally. In addition, to being able to communicate well, figuring out your communication style with leadership and being adaptable.  Dr. Jordan states to pay attention to the work environment and always try your best and have initiative.

Dr. Jordan is a board member of the AGA St. Louis chapter and supporter, he believes it is important to continue learning and that AGA offers a lot of different programs and knowledge articles that are worth reading and applying to work. 

President's Message

Dear Members, Collogues, and Sponsors,

Together with my fellow board members at the AGA St Louis Chapter, I wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021-2022 New Year! I am humbled, honored and privileged to assume the AGA St Louis Chapter Presidency for 2021-2022. I am deeply grateful to my predecessor William Kraemer (2020-2021) and Past Presidents Toni Swedlund (2019-2020) and Tony Malley (2018-2019), for their leadership and outstanding contributions to the AGA St Louis Chapter. I am inspired by their commitment to AGA St Louis and all their achievements.


As I enter as President of the AGA St Louis Chapter, I notice that our Chapter, and the AGA National, has never been more relevant and important for those of us practicing a variety of business skills in public and the private sectors as Senior Executives, Business Analyst, Accountants, Financial Analyst, Auditors, Contractors, Comptrollers, Data Security Specialist, Automation Technician and the many other who are supporting everyday health of business regardless where the office maybe. I've come to think of the AGA network as a vast, best-in-class association with different business practices that support and share our challenges, opportunities, and successes. Regardless of the changes around us, AGA continues to provide abundant opportunities to learn, teach, mentor, and share the best business practices in Government and in private industry.


As we move into this year, our Chapter is focused on finding meaningful engagement for our members and coworkers through community service, CGFM development, Lunch and Learn Courses, Newsletters, Professional Development Training (National PDT, July 19-21, 21 CPEs) and our Social Media AGA St Louis connections of AGA Chapter News, FaceBook,Twitter and LinkedIn. The AGA St Louis chapter will continue to grow our collaboration with other AGA chapters to support offering various learning events and topics to help provide professional development. As well as continuing our community outreach opportunities. We hope this year you are excited and encouraged to take part in a variety of activities. We encourage you to invite family and friends to join us in our community service efforts and the open learnings to expand their professional development. AGA St Louis strives to be an inclusive environment regardless of where we work or work from.


Thank you, members, for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community for your incredible support in advice. Finally, I'd like to give a special shout-out of appreciation to our past and new Chapter Board of Directors as well as our Sponsors (CGI, FI Consulting and Morgan Franklin Consulting) for their tireless work on behalf of the AGA St Louis Chapter and the AGA National organization for all the resources and guidance and support they provide every day. Special thanks to Jennifer L. Whitaker for her past many years of volunteer service as our Webmaster, Michelle L Bransford service as Community Service Director, and Michael Harris service as Communication Director. Thank you all!


I am wishing you a good and successful 2021-2022 and looking forward to seeing you soon.


Cynthia L. Cooper


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Our Sponsors


Our chapter would like to especially thank our corporate sponsors for their generous support and commitment to our group and government accountability.


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