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ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) was the first national Latino professional association in the United States, established in Los Angeles in 1972. Throughout our 43-year history we have experienced steady growth and demonstrated consistent value. ALPFA continues to build upon its proud legacy with a mission:

To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy.

ALPFA currently serves more than 72,000 professional and student members across the country – a number we plan to grow aggressively to 100,000 within the next two years. In addition to networking and professional leadership development opportunities, our members have access to 50,000 paid summer internships through hundreds of Fortune 1000 corporate partners. We aspire to be the business partner of choice for companies seeking to hire and develop Latino talent.

 

We also promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the Latino community, encouraging our members to volunteer with, and engage on behalf of, local charities. We actively seek hands-on leadership building experiences for our members and to engage that considerable talent to make a measurable impact for national charitable organizations.

 

Key milestones:

 

1972 – The American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants (AAHCPA) is established as the first national Latino professional association in the United States.

 

2001 – AAHCPA expanded the reach of its mission to include finance professionals and changed its name to the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

 

2002 – Launched Women of ALPFA initiative to provide unique development and networking opportunities for ALPFA’s Latina members and the companies that want to reach them

 

2009 – ALPFA reached over 10,000 members and merged with the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA) to create an organization of over 14,000 members.

 

2010 – The organization changed its name to ALPFA, Inc.

 

2011 – Launched ALPFA Solutions to provide advisory services, research, and insights

 

2014 – ALPFA, Inc. now stands for Association of Latino Professionals For America, expanding the organization’s influence beyond finance and accounting and into every sector of the economy.



Incoming ALPFA CEO, Charles P. Garcia addresses the 2014 Annual Convention Gala Attendees

 

2015 – Empowering Latino Leaders... ALPFA supports over 81,000 Latino students, professionals, and entrepreneurs through more than 40 professional chapters and 160 student chapters at major colleges and universities nationwide. ALPFA’s mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy