National Association of African Americans in Human Resources



To be the “first stop” for networking, support, professional development and thought leadership for Human Resources issues effecting African Americans. And, to enhance thought leadership in the broader Human Resources community on topics of particular interest or importance to the African American community.



To inspire and foster performance excellence and career achievement for African American HR professionals by:
  • providing an inviting, informative and inspiring forum for networking and professional development
  • contributing to the professional skills and experience of members to foster career enhancement and economic development in our community
  • supporting and assisting corporate, association, non-profit and government employers in recruiting, developing and retaining minority employees for leadership positions

The NAAAHR was formed by a coalition of seventeen local organization of African American Human Resource professionals (and consultants) from any cities across the country.  The organization was officially chartered at the September 1998 annual conference co-sponsored by the Baltimore Black Human Resources Network and the Washington DC Black Human Resources Network.

The focus of the organization is to serve as a network, resource and forum for African American Human Resource professionals.  Membership in the organization is open to any HR professional, line manager, consultant or student working in or studying the field of HR and affiliate disciplines.  Many members are also active in local SHRM chapters, the OD Network and ASTD but find that NAAAHR and their local affiliate chapter is a value-added resource for professional and personal development.

DC NAAAHR was formed in March 2005 as a NAAAHR affiliated Interest Group.  Our initial goal was to provide an avenue for African American Human Resource Professionals to discuss challenges that are particular to people of color in all facets of the workforce today.  DC NAAAHR was established as an official Chapter of the NAAAHR in 2007.

Who We Are

The Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (DC NAAAHR) is committed to providing African-American professionals in the field of human resource management with an open forum for expanding their knowledge, networking with other human resource professionals, and mentoring with senior and junior level professionals in the Washington, DC area.  Our chapter seeks to provide opportunities for professional development and learning, and expansion of your HR expertise that will support our effectiveness as HR professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Does the DC Chapter share the same mission and purpose as the national organization?

Yes, our overall our mission is the same as the national office, along with meeting the unique needs of our membership base.

  1. How often are meetings held, and at what time?

Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise indicated. Doors open at 5:30pm for networking and refreshments; the meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm.