National Abilities ENG Leader, Senior Manager
Areas of focus: Abilities Employee Network Group, International Tax Planning
Ayana has served as the national leader for RSM’s Abilities employee network group since 2019. Her interest in this group stems from the challenges and triumphs she experienced with her daughter, who has a mood disorder. Ayana recognized that the journey to acceptance and then celebration came from a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those who are differently abled.
RSM fosters a culture of inclusion, including supporting and empowering those who are differently abled or those who are caretakers of those with differing abilities. Under Ayana’s leadership, the firm is committed to focusing on recruiting, hiring and supporting those who are differently abled. Ayana has also expanded the firm’s commitment to the MS Society.
Prior to her Abilities national leadership role, Ayana was a member of the steering committee for the Washington Metro Office’s STAR ENG, RSM’s network group for women. As a member of the STAR steering committee, she provided coaching to women on business development and body language to empower them to own their future. A member of RSM’s African American Canadian Excellence (AACE) ENG, Ayana has also participated in panels discussing diversity topics at the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) national convention.
Ayana received the RSM Impact Award for the work she and the Abilities Steering Committee did to increase the outreach to employees who are differently abled.
Summary of experience
Ayana is a Senior Manager in the Washington National Tax International Tax Services group at RSM and serves as RSM’s international tax lead for tax reform. She specializes in cross-border transactions involving complex international tax issues. Ayana joined the international tax group at RSM in 2010. Prior to joining RSM, Ayana worked in a Big Four accounting firm’s international tax practice in the field office and in their Washington National Tax office.
Ayana has over 19 years of tax experience, which includes more than 14 years of international tax experience with a focus on tax consulting/planning, compliance, and controversy. She has experience advising closely held businesses and public companies on issues concerning foreign tax credit planning, foreign entity formation and classification matters, ASC740 review, international tax compliance, income tax structuring for outbound and inbound business, controlled foreign corporation/Subpart F planning and IP planning, Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income and Foreign-Derived Intangible Income planning. Her clients include government contractors, manufacturers, service providers, private equity groups, not-for-profit organizations, and high tech companies.
A frequently requested speaker, Ayana has presented on international tax topics at a variety of domestic and international conferences, including the Select USA Summit, and the Humentum Conference.
Abilities employee network group
The Abilities ENG educates RSM on the challenges and gifts of the differently abled by engaging with local groups in the community and educating on the needs in the office environment for inclusion into the RSM workforce. Abilities supports and attends events such as Disability:IN’s annual conference as well as activities throughout the U.S. that promote community service, professional development, education and promotion of hiring differently abled individuals. The team focuses on three main areas: cognitive, sensory and mobility.