"Whatever you do, do it well." - Walt Disney

Justine Griffin

Partner | Accounting

Meet Justine

What I Do at Southwest Michigan First

I coordinate and analyze the Southwest Michigan First team’s financials. In my work, I manage financial reporting deliverables including expense reports, time sheets and reimbursements; develop essential contributor, vendor and external client documentation; and report timely financial data to the team, Board of Directors and Audit and Finance Committee.

Why I Love Working Here

I love the deep commitment of the Southwest Michigan First team to our culture, continuous innovation and overall autonomy.

My Favorite Thing(s) About Living in Southwest Michigan

Kalamazoo feels big, yet it is still small in comparison to other places with similar amenities—access to great food, water, trails and entertainment is all in your backyard. Plus, the community is fiercely connected.

Top Moment Working Here

I logistically coordinated four Catalyst University leadership conferences which afforded me the opportunity to learn about everything from production to financial management.

When I’m Not at Work, You’ll Find Me…

Hitting the pedal to the metal on my Peloton Bike.

My Alma Mater and Certifications

  • Western Michigan University, B.A. Interpersonal Communication
  • Western Michigan University, M.S. Accountancy
  • University of South Florida, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate
  • Certified Meeting Planner

Community Connections

  • Girls on the Run, Finance Committee Member

A Few Things About Me

  • As a Child, I Wanted to Be: A Gameshow Host
  • Favorite Condiment: Ranch Dressing
  • My Play It On “10” Song: Higher Love by Kygo & Whitney Houston
  • Movie I Can Watch Over and Over: Happy Gilmore
  • My Hidden Talent: I can say the alphabet backward fast.