Joseph J. Kanjamala, CPA, CGMA


685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 503-8952
Fax: (212) 503-8951


Joseph J. Kanjamala, CPA, CGMA, is a Partner in the Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group at Marks Paneth LLP. His responsibilities in this role include designing audit strategies, supervising and training staff, liaising with clients, and providing oversight so that audits are conducted in a timely and cost-effective fashion. During his more than 20 years of public accounting experience, Mr. Kanjamala has developed deep skills in serving nonprofit organizations and has served numerous charitable organizations, private foundations and educational institutions. He advises his clients on all facets of accounting and tax issues.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth in 2004, Mr. Kanjamala worked in the assurance and advisory practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he served both for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Kanjamala was also a previous assistant controller for a large non-profit organization that received New York City, New York State and Federal funding. In that role, he learned first-hand the positive impact that sound accounting and financial practices can have on a nonprofit entity and, in turn, upon the constituents it serves.

Mr. Kanjamala is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also credentialed as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and currently serves its Tax Exempt Organizations Committee. In addition, he is an active member of the National Asian American Society of Accountants (NAASA).

In his off hours, Mr. Kanjamala donates his time and expertise to the Syro Malabar Catholic Congress where he is a former National General Secretary and current board member. Based in Chicago, this national nonprofit organization conducts youth education, leadership and career-development activities throughout the United States. He is also former Finance and Long-term Planning Committee Chairman and a current parish council member at Saint Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church in New York. He serves as a pastoral council member at Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago.

Mr. Kanjamala holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the City University of New York as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Kerala University in India. Mr. Kanjamala holds the distinction of scoring among the Top 10 candidates at the state level in the November 1996 Uniform CPA Examination.

Mr. Kanjamala is licensed to practice in New York. He is based in Marks Paneth’s Manhattan headquarters and is a resident of Greenburgh, New York.



City University of New York
Bachelor of Science
Major: Accounting

Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Bachelor of Commerce
Major: Accounting

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Tax Exempt Organizations Committee
Chartered Global Management Accountant
National Asian American Society of Accountants 
Fellow Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Other Affiliations

National General Secretary, Education and By-law Committee, Syro Malabar Catholic Congress
Finance and Long-term Planning Committee Chairman and Council Member, Syro Malabar Catholic Church

Practice Areas

Audit and Tax
Nonprofit Industry
New York State Cost Reports
Federal OMB A-133 Audits
Third Party Funded Organizations
Private Foundations
Associations and Membership Organizations
Educational Institutions
Affordable Housing Projects (Tax Credit, HUD, etc.)
Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Licensed In

New York