The African American Board Leadership Institute strengthens nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing, and assisting with the placement of African Americans on a broad range of governing boards.


Pictured (l-r) Virgil Roberts, AABLI board chair, Marion Jane Colston, senior director of Strategic & Organizational Planning, METRO, Cinny Kennard, executive director, Annenberg Foundation, David Crippens and Mrs. Crippens, Yvette Chappell-Ingram, AABLI president, and Darrell Brown, (ret.) senior VP for Consumer Banking at US Bank

For the last five years, AABLI has recognized individuals, companies and foundations that have had a positive impact on the Los Angeles community.

The AABLI Vision Award is given to a corporation/business or foundation that has exhibited outstanding commitments to philanthropy and community involvement. This is demonstrated through financial support, meaningful advocacy and community investments. Congratulations to our 2019 Vision Award honorees, the Annenberg Foundation and METRO.

This year we are pleased to present the first John Mack Humanitarian Award to David Crippens. The Award is given to an exceptional individual whose commitment to social equality, justice and the proactive engagement in improving the quality of life in all communities. David Crippens exemplifies the legacy of the late John Mack, longtime leader of the Los Angeles Urban League, and the philosophy of the African American Board Leadership Institute.


Professionals contribute their unique perspectives, experience and insight to the successful governance of organizations.


AABLI recruits and prepares African Americans for leadership roles on a broad range of governing boards.


We aim to increase active participation of African Americans on governing boards.


Diversity gives institutions the opportunity to be better aligned with the communities they serve, improve decision-making and expand networks of dedicated talent.

AABLI Board Leadership Program

This comprehensive three-day program will provide the foundation and expertise for effective organizational governance.

AABLI Corporate Directors Initiative

Learn Various Pathways to the Corporate Boardroom


Public Boards and Commissions are important bodies for impacting communities at the state, regional and local levels.


AABLI-CDI is a leadership development and networking program focused on the preparation of professionals of color for the corporate boardroom.


The African American Board Leadership Institute partners with organizations across the state to provide outstanding professional development opportunities to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the community.

The Value of AABLI

For Individuals

AABLI offers business professionals training, guidance, and opportunities in their pursuit of board leadership.  Alumni and experienced board members can benefit from our continuing education courses, webinars, invitations to guest speakers series, and valuable networking events.

For Organizations

Many boards lack diversity and tend to elect individuals who share the same personal networks. This potentially limits opportunities to reach beyond their boundaries. AABLI helps organizations diversify and find qualified African American candidates to serve on their boards.