President & CEO

Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA

Walter J. Smith
President & CEO

Walter became President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) on August 1, 2018.  He serves as a corporate officer on the Board of Directors with primary oversight for the NABA National Office and executing the multi-year NABA Strategic Plan.

Walter has over 35 years of diverse corporate and public leadership in financial services, energy, financial and regulatory reporting, risk management, cash & liquidity management, strategic planning, and audit.  He joined NABA from BNY Mellon where he was Managing Director of Wealth Management Finance with oversight for U.S. Markets, C.O.O., Fiduciary Solutions, Family Office, and International.  He previously served in financial leadership roles at Prudential Financial, Transamerica (AEGON), Equitable (AXA), Association for Energy, Inc., The New York Daily News, Marriott, and Deloitte.

Walter is a long-time Lifetime Member of the NABA New York Chapter. He was also a member of the Northern New Jersey and Los Angeles Chapters.  He has served in several NABA national, regional, and local leadership roles, and was NABA’s 23rd Chairman of the Board during the 40-year anniversary where he authored the “40 Years, One NABA” campaign.  His passion and commitment in industry and in the diversity & inclusion arena have garnered national recognition including the NABA National Award for Achievement in Industry, EBONY Magazine’s "Most Influential Organization Leader", Diversity Edge Magazine’s ''Top 20 Diversity Champion", NABA Chairman's Award, and NABA President’s Award for Leadership & Excellence.

Walter currently serves on the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion.  He has also served in several leadership roles including the inaugural National Diversity Committee of Financial Executives International (FEI), the Medgar Evers College Alumni Association and the College Foundation, Inc., and the YMCA of New York (Harlem Branch) Boards of Directors.  He is also a Lifetime Member of ALPFA.  Walter is a native New Yorker.