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More than acenturystrong.

Since our firm’s founding over a century ago, we’ve lived through world wars, survived earthquakes and pandemics, witnessed transformative cultural change, and embraced world-changing technology. Through it all, our commitment to service excellence, innovation, and the communities we serve has been the cornerstone of our resilience and success.
Hood & Strong is founded by Walter Hood and Addison Strong as an audit firm serving exclusively San Francisco clients – many of whom had been denied representation by the established firms of the day. Hood takes the helm as managing partner.
1920 to 1926
Hood & Strong’s client portfolio grows to represent the “who’s who” of pioneering Bay Area businesses and families including Levi Strauss, Wells Fargo, MJB Coffee, Crocker Bank, Guittard Chocolate, and Dean Witter.
To accommodate its continued growth, Hood & Strong moves its headquarters to the Shell Building at 100 Bush Street in San Francisco, a location it will call home for the next 36 years.
Hood & Strong adds a dedicated tax practice to provide a full suite of accounting and tax services for its growing California client base.
Hood & Strong is the first San Francisco accounting firm to focus on hiring women. Today, more than half of the Hood & Strong leadership team are women, along with more than 60% of team members.
Hood & Strong acquires a Palo Alto practice to serve its growing South Bay client base, reflecting the growth and interest in Silicon Valley.
Way ahead of its competitors, Hood & Strong names its first women partners: Mollie Marshall and Jane Antonsen.
Hood & Stong Partner Robert Docili gains national recognition for the firm and is appointed to the Congressional Joint Taxation Advisory Committee.

The firm joins two national alliances—AFFI and Summit – to extend its geographic reach.
Hood & Strong is recognized as one of the Top 100 CPA firms in the U.S. in the BOWMAN 100 ranking. The firm grows to 30 partners and 110 staff.
Hood & Strong acquires the tax practice of Paulsen & Associates, leading to another period of growth.
Hood & Strong moves its Palo Alto office to Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, among the first accounting firms to locate in the world-famous VC corridor.

The firm’s growing M&A practice results in a combined $1B in transactions, opening new avenues to help clients invest and grow.
Hood & Strong establishes its dedicated Non-Profit Service Group led by Partner Robert Raffo. The firm formalizes its “giving back” ethos, providing all staff with 48 PTO hours annually to volunteer for their favorite causes.
The firm affiliates and invests in a financial staffing organization to provide clients with human resources services.

Hood & Strong Investment Advisors (HSIA) is established.
The firm moves into new, larger offices in downtown San Jose.
Hood & Strong celebrates its centennial with a year-long series of anniversary events and community commemorations. February 8 is proclaimed ‘Hood & Strong Day’ in San Francisco.
Susan Malone is elected the firm’s first woman managing partner, continuing the firm’s legacy and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Hood & Strong opens a Petaluma office to serve its growing roster of North Bay clients.
Hood & Strong is ranked among the largest 400 public accounting firms in the U.S. by INSIDE Public Accounting.
Hood & Strong extends its nonprofit expertise with the merger with Cohen-Anderson CPAs, a boutique public accounting firm focused exclusively on providing client accounting services to exempt organizations.
The firm puts a fresh “look” on its 108-year legacy and growing practice with the launch of a refreshed visual identity and website.