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A former Budget Director at the US State Department, I spent 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer; and possesses nearly 30 years of financial management experience. Considered a subject matter expert in accounting, finance, and economics. I have successfully worked with clients to prepare for the, CFA, CFP and CPA exams. In addition, I have had personal experience with both tests. I am currently sitting for all four (4) sections of the Maryland CPA; and I have passed level I and II of the CFA exam. At present I am an adjunct faculty member of the business department at Virginia International University in Fairfax, VA, where I teach online accounting courses (Financial and Managerial Accounting).

I am a Southern California native, and earned my BA from Dartmouth (1988, Economics), my MA in International Economics from the Nitze School is Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins (SAIS, 1992) and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

In my spare time, I enjoy being a soccer Dad and virtual weekend taxi service, concierge for my kids. Reading business journals, working on a book take up the rest of my time.

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Harold’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Dartmouth College - Bachelors, Economics

Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Finance


Pixar Movies; Reading (Economist, Barron's); Soccer-Dad. Ballet-Dad.

Tutoring Subjects




CLEP Principles of Microeconomics

College Accounting

Cost Accounting



Financial Accounting


Managerial Accounting



Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My approach to tutoring is based in the cycle of my engagement with a given client. I begin with a directive approach, after assessing my client's knowledge-base, and level of understanding. As I progress in the course with the student, I tend to use a more non-directional (coaching) type of approach, asking leading questions, and guiding the client as opposed to lecturing. I consider homework and problems sets as good tools with which to grow student understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By providing them with the tools to succeed in whatever course they are taking.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Break it down!

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