Rachel Carlsen, CPA | Chief Financial Officer
Rachel Carlsen has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Finance…. Always fascinated with Numbers and Enterprise, by the time she arrived in college, she began developing a wide breadth of complimentary skill sets, and worked in different types of customer service positions throughout banking. She had started to develop an understanding of Finance and Customer Service from a financial perspective. After Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from UNLV, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she began her training and eventual ascension in the field of Public Accountancy, and quite quickly received her CPA license in 1998.In 2002, she relocated to Southern California, to the Santa Clarita Valley, where she settled down to reside with her husband and two children. In order to develop an even more comprehensive understanding of the financial world, Rachel then put her sights on receiving her Series 7 and Series 66 licensing in 2011. By 2015, she knew that she was ready to venture out as an entrepreneur. With her vision for creating success and to change the way people think about Accountants and CPAs, she officially formed her firm Carlsen Financial in September of 2015. This began her journey in growing her practice and she was an early adopter of a then, little known website, called Thumbtack. Leveraging technology with her relationship building skills and the knack for creating value for clients through money saving ideas and asset building initiatives, the Firm began to grow.
By the end of 2016, she had grown to well over 100 clients and was clearly demonstrating the perseverance necessary to own a successful Public Accountancy Practice. The Carlsen Financial Clients appreciated Rachel’s Firm which thought differently, handled communications to clients differently, and simply put, looked at accounting in a much different way.
During the course of her professional experience while working in highly-diversified and entrepreneurial environments, including Start-ups and Dot-com companies, she has faced many challenges; including the set-up of Internal Control Policies and Accounting Structures for multi-national corporations, the Implementation of Accounting Policies and Procedures, Cash-Flow Forecasting for Pre-IPO Start-Ups, Budgeting and Business Oversight.
For more about Rachel, please visit Carlsen Partners.
Dale Godboldo, Co-Founder & CEO
Actor/Producer Dale Godboldo starred as Carl E. Douglas on the Emmy, Golden Globe, and NAACP Image Award winning The People v. OJ Simpson, and has appeared in another 130 episodes of TV and a dozen films. As a businessman, Dale has raised millions of dollars for various entertainment related endeavors, and is currently partnered with the principals of a $2B investment fund. But it was his time as a Mouseketeer on 90’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club (alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) that his passion for philanthropy took root.
Looking for ways to help the next generation reach their dreams, Dale formed the aptly named Always In The Club Foundation in appreciation of the training and mentorship he received as a young man on the Mouse Club. AITCF launched Project:NOW, a non-profit initiative that rapidly addresses the educational needs of at-risk youth with support from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Dale helped launch Unite4:Humanity and the Annual City Summit & Gala, both now in their 5th year, featuring honorees and guests such as Matthew McConaughey, John Travolta, Richard Branson, Robert DeNiro, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sean Penn, Diddy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, Anthony Mackie, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Colin Farrell, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, and Halle Berry, among many others.
Other charitable activities have included fundraising for Kids In The Spotlight, volunteering for anti-bullying organization, Stand For The Silent, and serving as a judge for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, where millions of dollars in scholarships have been raised to send outstanding young ladies to college.
In 2015, Dale co-founded the International Arts and Philanthropy Foundation with Amine El Mouttaki and Valarie Khoudari to provide fiscal sponsorship, fundraising support, and programmatic support to outstanding non-profits around the world. Dale has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals for his work in the community, is a founding board advisor for the Jamaica Film Festival, and is a lifelong member of Jack and Jill of America. For more, visit Dale’s LinkedIn & Personal.
Amine El Mouttaki, Co-Founder & Vice President
Amine El Mouttaki was born in Casablanca, Morocco. At the age of 18 years old after high school, he went to study in Paris where he obtained Masters degree in Market Finance, and computer programming. Amine has been working in leader multi-national Hedge Funds and Investment Banking for 10 years in structuring, modeling, and managing market trading strategies. He then launched his own international trading company. During his years of living in Europe, he has produced many cultural, networking, and entertainment events.
Amine moved to Los Angeles, USA, where he launched his films Production Company, and co-founded a Non-Profit Organization, International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation. His passion for the arts and his ability to create, innovate and produce, as well as his strong background in finance, analysis, management and strategy development allow him to build strong partnerships in the entertainment industry to create, design, produce and execute ingenious and original projects. Amine is currently working on developing two feature films as well as a non-profit concert to support Children and Youth all over the world, called WeAre4:Change.
Valerie Khoudari, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Valerie was born and raised in Colombia. At a young age, she discovered her passion for writing stories. After graduating from school, she moved to the USA, where she was introduced to the art of filmmaking. She earned degrees in Filmmaking, Cinematography and Screenwriting. Since then, she has written, produced, and directed several award winning films and commercials. Valerie is currently developing a feature film that will raise awareness of our environment and human rights. Along with her mother, she is developing educational programs to unleash children’s creativity and spiritual intelligence in Colombia.
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