Biography: Jonathan Nourafshan is a third-year Business Economics major and aspiring Accounting minor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jonathan’s dream was always to attend UCLA. Having that opportunity, Jonathan dove into UCLA joining Tamid, an investing and consulting organization. Rising through the ranks from general member to Director of External Affairs, Jonathan now serves as the President of the UCLA Tamid Chapter. With a natural fervor for numerical analysis and statistics, the accounting minor has offered Jonathan the unique opportunity to proficiently speak the “financial language of business.” During this time, Jonathan’s horizons have expanded by taking classes in advanced and analytic accounting, business law, and corporate/partnership taxation, where Jonathan realized his passion for tax and law, and has thus taken on the position of External Operations Coordinator at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). In addition, Jonathan has humbly been elected as a teaching assistant with Professor Gordon Klein, specifically in his Corporate/Partnership tax class. Outside of the classroom, Jonathan enjoys skiing, learning new languages, cooking with family and friends, and most importantly is an avid UCLA sports fan.
Future Plans: With plans to pass his CPA exams before graduating from UCLA in a little under four years, Jonathan will be coupling his passion for tax with an internship at Deloitte’s tax practice in Los Angeles in the National Federal Tax Solutions team. Jonathan is considering reinforcing his eventual CPA with a law degree to master tax law and accounting and ultimately establish a vigorous foundation that can be utilized in all fields. As an Angelino, Jonathan strives to build a real estate portfolio to diminish the burdens of a housing crisis in Los Angeles utilizing his tax law foundation to do so.
What this scholarship means to me? I want to first thank the late, Mr. Donald Lipshutz for initially endowing this scholarship and I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Ms. Marugo for continuing to prop up this unique scholarship. Your generosity will allow me to make further use of the endless learning opportunities at UCLA and buttress my dedication to experiential learning. It is an absolute honor to be recognized for this award, which reflects the TrueBruin values that have been instilled into me during my time at UCLA