Mark Oster

National Managing Partner, Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Practices, Grant Thornton LLP

Mark serves as the industry managing partner for Grant Thornton’s Not-for-Profit and Higher Education practices, with overall responsibility for services performed by the firm for these clients nationwide, along with all marketplace initiatives in these sectors. Mark also is an Advisory principal responsible for providing business strategy and governance, operations improvement, information technology, and business risk services to the firm’s nonprofit clients. 

His engagements have included strategic planning, organizational reviews, reserves analyses, board governance, financial modeling, benchmarking and best practices reviews, risk assessments, ERM, operations improvement, internal audit, construction audit, technology effectiveness assessments, IT strategy and planning, requirements analyses, business continuity/disaster recovery, system selections and implementation, cybersecurity risk analysis, and post-implementation reviews. 

In Mark’s thirty-nine years of experience, he has worked with many leading not-for-profit organizations, collaborating with those clients’ management, audit committees and boards. Mark’s experience includes working with colleges and universities, museum and cultural institutions, trade and professional associations, social and human services organizations, foundations, Jewish/Israeli organizations, and religious organizations. 

Mark is a frequent panelist and lecturer on business and technology topics. He has spoken at numerous industry events, including NACUBO, EACUBO, CACUBO, TAG, FMA, ACUA, InsideNGO, FFOG, NJSSCPA, AHIA, NJHFMA, and the AICPA . Mark is a member of Grant Thornton’s national leadership team, and serves on several national not-for-profit boards (including roles as audit committee chair and executive committee member). Mark holds an Information Systems degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.