Jessica Gerlach

CPA | Senior Manager

I have been a client for 14 years - both on a personal level and for the trust I operate. I have received excellent advice and service on both accounts despite not being a big spender!

Creative. Motivated. Driven. Voted most likely to become an accountant?

Destined for a career in accounting, Jessica grew up preparing tax returns at the kitchen table with her dad and admiring her mom’s work ethic as she whooshed off to her finance job each day.

It seemed only natural, then, that Jessica landed an office job with a wealth management company before she was even out of high school. At the time, that company shared a mailroom and lunchroom with Perkins. Jessica got to know us, and we got to know her, making her a shoo-in for an internship with Perkins after she earned her accounting degree from PSU.

A valued member of our legacy planning team, Jessica loves helping family groups and closely-held businesses clarify their values—and map a tax-savvy route to achieving their goals.

With a full-time career, a 2-year-old, and a newborn, Jessica has her hands full but still finds time to renovate her 100-year-old Tudor in NE Portland, restoring it to its 1920s charm.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants

Services Offered

  • Legacy Planning

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