NABA Picks AICPA’s Jina Etienne as CEO

Jina Etienne

Jina Etienne

Jina Etienne, the AICPA director of taxation, has been selected to lead the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) as president and CEO, the board of directors announced.

“NABA is poised for tremendous growth and new opportunities for its current and future members, stakeholders and corporate partners,” says Etienne in a statement. “NABA has been a catalyst for change in the diversity profile of our profession since its inception and while the organization’s impact has been significant in its 46-year history, there is much more work to do.”

Before joining the AICPA, Etienne was founder and managing member of a boutique CPA firm. She started her career in public accounting over 26 years ago with Touche Ross (now Deloitte). Etienne has authored numerous articles on taxation matters and has been a regularly featured speaker at conferences.

As director of taxation at the AICPA, Etienne was responsible for developing guidance related to tax ethics and practice standards. She led the taxation team that develops resources and practice aids to support members’ technical and practice management needs. Etienne also initiated a key strategy to enhance how the AICPA serves members interested in tax, develops and delivers tax-related communications, and promotes membership in the AICPA Tax Section.

“Jina comes to NABA at a time of great change and opportunity for the association,” says NABA chairman Kenneth E. Cooke in a statement. “She has an appreciation for the rapid pace of change and innovation that will solidify NABA’s growth and relevance for the future.”

She has served as an adjunct accounting professor at American University in its MBA program.