Kate Leonard was recently appointed the Honorary Consul General of Japan in San Diego, in recognition of her decades of involvement with Japan.  The position involves the safeguarding Japanese nationals in San Diego and the enhancement the business, cultural and academic ties between San Diego and Japan.

In 1981, upon obtaining her California CPA license, Ms. Leonard moved to Osaka, Japan where she was the only American CPA with Asahi Kansa Hojin, Japan’s largest audit corporation.  Moving back to the United States in 1985, she continued to interact with the Japanese business community; becoming chair of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana and maintaining her membership in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Ms. Leonard has worked with other international organizations, facilitating and participating in Trade Missions to Japan with the World Trade Center San Diego, serving as chair of CalCPA’s Global Opportunities Committee, CalCPA’s International Conference Co-chair and founding (and frequently chairing) the US-Mexico Annual Joint CPA Conference.

International tax is the focus of Ms. Leonard’s practice as a partner with Hutchinson and Bloodgood, LLP.  As part of this practice Ms. Leonard works closely with law firms under Kovel letters to serve clients who have entered the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative program. She also lectures to both CPAs and attorneys on international tax topics.

Hutchinson and Bloodgood, LLP is a member of PKF International, a worldwide network of legally independent member firms, and this network is an invaluable resource to Ms. Leonard’s clients who are located in six continents around the world.  She works closely with the PKF member firms in Tokyo and Osaka.   Her previous affiliations also include Intel and Price Waterhouse, and periods of sole proprietorship. Ms. Leonard has been active in the CPA community, as an AICPA Council representative and member of the AICPA’s Form 5471 and Foreign Nationals Task Forces, CalCPA’s San Diego President and CalCPA’s Secretary/Treasurer.

In her free time, Ms. Leonard enjoys her family, husband Richard Forsyth, daughters Elizabeth Forsyth and Erin Brotherton, and Erin’s husband AJ.  Ms. Leonard serves on the board of directors of Mainly Mozart, one of San Diego’s leading music organizations and she plays flute in the Kearny Mesa Concert Band.

Ms. Leonard will be a speaker at Expats and Inpats (Do You Know Where Your Employees Are?) , an MCLE event sponsored by Hutchinson and Bloodgood, LLP.