NABA Mission and History
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.
Local Chapter History
In 1980, a group of accountants led by Ronald Leverett decided to form a local chapter of NABA in the Seattle Metropolitan area. Thus, the foundation of the Seattle Chapter of NABA was formed.
NABA Seattle Charter Members
|Les Stallworth||Ronald Leverett|
|Robin Green||Liz Washington|
|Jim Gill||Nancy Palmer|
|Nathaniel Brown||Raymond DeVoe|
|Debbie Jackson||Buford Ransom, Jr.|
|Thurman Anderson||Jonnie Brown|
|Robert Dicason||Cynthia Dolliole|
|Deborah Foster||Brenda Jenkins|
|Gerry E. Jordon||Bennie Johnson|
|James Lawrence||Frank H. Malloy|
|Melvin Minnis||A.J. Moline|
|John Moton||George Nelson|
|LaVerna Oliphant||Issac Oliver|
|Rayfield Posley||Morgan Powell|
|Charles Taylor||George Stewart|
|Martin Turner||Walter Warren|
|Leroy Williams||Robert York|
Ronald Leverett served as the first president of the Seattle Chapter and was founder of the ACAP program. In 1987, Ronald Leverett became the only Seattle chapter member to serve as National President of the association.
National Organization History
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||Bertram Gibson|
|Frank Ross||Richard McNamee||Michael Winston|
|Kenneth Drummond||George Wallace||Donald Bristow|
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:
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.
- 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.
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.