NFBPA Overview

Our History

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is a professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Black leadership in the public sector. Founded in 1983, the NFBPA membership has grown to include managers and executives in virtually all disciplines represented in state and local governments. In addition to public service professionals, the association’s membership embraces graduate students, deans and faculty at schools of public administration and executives in the corporate sector.

NFBPA is the nation’s premier association of Black public leadership, with a growing and proud reputation for strengthening the capacity of state and local government managers in a multitude of disciplines, through intensive training, professional development programs, and a powerful network of Black public leadership.


The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is the principal and most progressive organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. NFBPA is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983. With over 2,500 members, NFBPA has established a national reputation for designing and implementing quality leadership development initiatives of unparalleled success. Our members are leaders and managers of public programs and agencies in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide. Thirty-six chapters support the growth of NFBPA at the local level. We invite you to join us.