Margaret James

Peggy James
  • CPA
  • Experienced accounting and finance professional
  • Background in nonprofit accounting


Peggy has experience in corporate and nonprofit accounting and finance, ranging from journal entries and bank reconciliations to management of a complex fiscal year-end close process with accruals and deferrals. She has developed budgets for both large ($5 million) and small ($130K) programs. She knows that when it comes to accounting and finance, details and accuracy matter.

Peggy has guided numerous people through financial management, explaining how much money is available and how to be good stewards of the financial resources. Whether colleagues or clients love spreadsheets as much as she does or their eyes glaze over at the sight of them, she enjoys working with both groups of people, helping them become more comfortable with their responsibilities and with what the numbers mean. She also teaches students how to budget and track expenses when they find themselves responsible for managing money on their own for the first time. Peggy has a passion for helping people learn more about how to allow money to work for them rather than being burdened by it.


Peggy James has a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and a Master of Accounting with a concentration in Enterprise Risk Management from North Carolina State University.

About The Balance and Dotdash

The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.

The Balance is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the internet, according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.