Where we’re going has everything to do with where we started.
— Crystal D. Martin, President

National 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.




A group of 12 professionals in the Greensboro, North Carolina area took the initiative to become involved with NABA by joining the organization in 2014. These professionals are not only members, they are also committed to NABA’s motto, “Lifting As We Climb.” As they progress in their careers (reaching up), they are committed to “reaching down” by mentoring college students in the Greensboro area and assisting with professional development and career-goal achievement.

NABA Greensboro Founders
The following eleven individuals founded and have operated the Greensboro chapter: 

  • Melissa Martin

  • Jasmine Simpson

  • Maxine Waters

  • Rashaan Jett

  • Candace Smith

  • Stephanie Williams

  • LaTonya Davison

  • Karla Munden

  • Tanya Redd

  • Indre Stunzenas

  • Crystal Martin

Since September 2014, these Greensboro members have established relationships with Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University through mentoring, “Straight Talk” sessions, seminars, and social events. More importantly, they have helped educate students on how to transition into the workforce after college.

Beginning in October 2014, the group worked diligently to establish the Greensboro NABA chapter, which was officially approved by the NABA National Board of Directors and members on March 21, 2015. The Greensboro NABA chapter is the first professional chapter to be approved in six years. The chapter is now part of the Southern Region under the leadership of Justin Butler. Karla Munden, Senior Vice President of Internal Audit at Lincoln Financial Group, has been extremely supportive and was the primary contributor to the launch of the new chapter. The chapter has flourished from 17 professional members since 2014 to 45 professional members. In addition, 35 student members from 2014 to currently almost 100 students which attend NC A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.