Our History

NABA, Inc. – Philadelphia Chapter

Building a Legacy

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. Soon, 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.

Growing Opportunity

Today, through the efforts of NABA and other groups, there are now over 200,000 African-Americans participating in the field of accounting. Of those, over 5,000 are CPAs. As a leader in the business community, NABA, Inc. continues to create opportunities for enlarging the pipeline of African-Americans into every level of accounting, finance, business, and IT, beginning as early as high school and continuing through the efforts of our college student chapters.

Chapter History


he Philadelphia Chapter of NABA began in November 1973, when approximately 50 individuals met to discuss forming a local chapter. As an outgrowth of that meeting, 27 individuals worked tirelessly towards this goal and the chapter was chartered at its First Annual Awards Banquet in February 1974.

Currently, the Philadelphia Chapter boasts a membership of over 200 professional members. Approximately 120 student members are affiliated with the Chapter through at-large membership as well as 9 student chapters at area colleges and universities.

Numerous programs have been developed over the years, including annual programs, professional seminars, student career development programming, academic scholarships, and our Annual Awards Banquet.

Our other marquee programs include the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) and participation in Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

In addition to local programming, the Philadelphia Chapter has played an active role at the National and Regional levels by hosting Regional Meetings, Student Conferences, National Executive Council Meetings, and the National Planning Retreat.

The chapter has also proudly hosted both the 2007 National Convention and the Eastern Region Student Conference.

Philadelphia’s rich history includes:

  • The First African-American Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Walter P. Harris
  • Several members who have, and continue to serve the organization as National Officers and Directors
  • Three past Philadelphia Chapter Presidents on the National Board.

Our Founders

National Founders

Chapter Founders

Ronald Benjamin Frank Ross Kenneth Drummond
Earl Biggot Richard McNamee George Wallace
Bertram Gibson Michael Winston Donald Bristow


Norman Booker, Jr. Artina Cain Albert Childs
Richard B. Gibson Horace C. Green T. Errol Harper
Walter P. Harris Barbara Hawkins Carl Ivey, III
Irby S. Johnson Ronald S. Johnson Marvin D. Mason
James Nelson Fred D. Poellnitz Frederick R. Renshaw
Eugene L. Cliett William Coger Leonard A. Daniels
Wellington Davenport Larry Depte Bernard Fisher
Phyllis M. Robinson Benjamin O. Scott Isaac Smalls
Leonard Washington Leroy Wright, Jr. Richard L. Wright