Gretchen Whalen


Gretchen is the Managing Principal of CLA’s Tampa and St. Petersburg offices. She is responsible for overseeing CLA’s presence in the Tampa Bay area and its 150 team members that are located in the area.

Gretchen’s practice area is multistate income/franchise and sales/use tax consulting for a diverse client base. Gretchen has spent significant time working with companies as they integrate newly acquired businesses into their structure and undertake domestic and international restructuring. Gretchen joined CliftonLarsonAllen in 2016. Prior to joining the Firm, she spent 13 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tampa, Florida and Detroit, Michigan.



  • Masters of Science in Accounting from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Certified Public Accountant in the states of Florida and Michigan

In the community

  • Board Treasurer, Friends of the Children - Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Board Member, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Institute of CPAs - former State Tax Committee member, Editorial subcomittee chair
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants