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NABA, Inc. bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, and Business professions

The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.

The Association shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business related professions. The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • To promote and develop the professional skills of our members
  • To encourage and assist minority students entering the accounting profession
  • To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities
  • To promote public confidence in our members and the services they provide
  • To encourage cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals
  • To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals
  • To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional, and national programs.

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. 


Due to the lack of opportunities and resources, they decided to form the National Association of Black Accountants.  Over the last 40 years the association has grown to include over 8,000 members across the United States.

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, finance, business, and IT.

Founding Members:
Ronald Benjamin  Earl Biggett  Bertram Gibson 
Frank Ross  Richard McNamee  Michael Winston 
Kenneth Drummond  George Wallace Donald Bristow