AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion

The AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (NCDI) was formed in 2012 to be champions that influence the accounting profession to make diversity and inclusion a priority in the areas of recruitment, certification, and advancement of ethnic minorities.

The NCDI accomplishes their mission by:

  • Identifying challenges ethnic minorities face in the profession.
  • Developing solutions and innovative practices that address the challenges.
  • Maximizing opportunities of having a more diverse and inclusive profession.

The vision of the NCDI is to create a seamless handoff of students from the pipeline to the profession, and ensure retention and advancement. They work to accomplish this through three profession-wide goals:

Goal 1 – Students – Increase the pipeline of ethnic minorities enrolling and graduating from accounting programs, earning the CPA credential, and ensure their successful transition into the profession.

Goal 2 – Educators – Equip ethnic minority serving educators with the tools and training required to teach diverse future CPAs.

Goal 3 – Professionals – (1) Increase ethnic minority representation in the profession through credentialing, conference participation and committee appointments. (2) Support professionals focused on improving D&I in the accounting profession by providing impactful D&I training and volunteer opportunities.

Goal 4 – Firms – (1) Assist firms in the development of effective diversity and inclusion programs. (2) Assist firms in improving retention and advancement of ethnic minorities.

The NCDI can consists of representatives from minority professional affinity groups, CPA firms, state CPA societies and leaders from business and industry, government and education.

NCDI 2021 Roster:

Accounting Association Representatives

Ernie Almonte, CPA
President, AICPA Foundation

Accounting Educator Representative

Michael Clement
KPMG Centennial Professor of Accounting and Department Chair
University of Texas Austin

Accounting Firm Representatives (Big 4)

Reese Blair
Audit & Assurance Partner
East Region Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Ken Bouyer
Americas Director, Inclusiveness Recruiting

Katie Patel
Diversity Talent Acquisition Leader

Tori J. Farmer
Executive Director, Inclusion & Diversity

Accounting Firm Representatives (Large, Medium, & Small)

Lisa Myers
Principal, Chair – Forensic, Litigation & Consulting
Boyer & Ritter LLC

Michelle Loyd Thompson, CPA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Firm Managing Partner
Cherry Bekaert LLP

Jessica Velazquez, CPA, CFE
Managing Partner
Indiva Advisors LLP

Business & Industry Representative

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA
Chief Executive Officer
KET Solutions, LLC
NCDI Chair

Affinity Group Representatives

Guylaine Saint Juste
President & CEO
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

Anna Mok

Michael Marlo Mallari, CPA, CA
National Council of Philippine American Canadian Accountants (NCPACA)

Damian Rivera
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Center for Accounting Education Advisory Board Representative

James Hodge, CPA, CFE
Director, Center for Accounting Education
Howard University

State CPA Society Representative

Todd Schapiro
President and CEO
Illinois CPA Society

Staff Support 

Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA
National Leader of Culture Diversity and Inclusion, RSM
Past NCDI Chair

Crystal Cooke
Director - Diversity & Inclusion
Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
NCDI Vice-Chair & Staff Liaison