The mission of the National Association of Black Accountants is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in the successors.
In December 1969, nine African-Americans met in New York City to discuss the unique challenges and limited opportunities they faced in the accounting profession. In that year, there were only 136 African-American Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) out of a total of 100,000 in the United States. This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence. The following nine individuals who met that month were determined to “make a difference” and let their voices be heard.
National Organization Founders
Ronald Benjamin, Earl Biggot, Donald Bristow, Kenneth Drummond, Bertram Gibson, Richard McNamee, Frank Ross, George Wallace, Michael Winston
In 1970 NABA chartered its first professional chapter, located in New York City. From these humble beginnings, NABA has become a nationwide membership organization. The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals;
- To encourage and assist minority students in entering the accounting profession;
- To promote and develop the professional skills of our members;
- To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibility; and
- To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional, and national programs.
The national and local programs offered are designed to support the overall goals and objectives of the Association. These programs provide support to, and create opportunities for, professionals and students seeking levels of accomplishment in the fields of accounting and finance.
Today, through the efforts of NABA and other interested groups, there are now over 200,000 African-Americans participating in the field of accounting, of which over 5,000 are CPAs. As a leader in the business community, NABA continues to create opportunities for the purpose of enlarging the pipeline of African-Americans into every level of accounting and finance.