About Us

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb


Our Mission
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.
Our 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 (CPAs) 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 Founding “NABA Nine”
The following nine individuals who met that month were determined to "make a difference" and let their voices be heard:
  • Ronald Benjamin
  • Earl Biggett
  • Donald Bristow *
  • Bertram Gibson
  • Kenneth Drummond
  • Richard McNamee
  • Frank Ross
  • George Wallace
  • Michael Winston
* deceased

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.

About the Logo

The idea for the NABA logo was conceived by William ("Bill") Aiken in 1971, when he served as National President. Bill felt that the primary goal of NABA was to lend a helping hand to those African-Americans seeking entry into the accounting profession, as well as those already in the profession at that time. He was a member of the audit staff of Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young LLP) at the time.

Bill worked with Joan Starwood, the head of Arthur Young 's graphics department to create a series of designs which culminated in the adoption of the current logo by NABA's Board of Directors. Bill ensured that documents were filed to register our logo as a trademark.

The symbol is the clasping of left hands in the vertical position inside an unbroken circle. In 1993, NABA's Board of Directors formally embodied Bill's ideals regarding the logo in NABA's motto: "Lifting As We Climb". The motto is centered directly below the symbol.