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.
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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 2020 Roster:

Accounting Association Representatives

Ernie Almonte, CPA
Partner, RSM
President, AICPA Foundation

Jenny Okonkwo MBA FCMA (UK) FP&A CGMA CPA, CMA
Founder, Black Female Accountants Network
Partner Representative – CIMA

Accounting Educator Representative

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

Accounting Firm Representatives (Big 4)

Ken Bouyer
Americas Director, Inclusiveness Recruiting
EY

Elena Richards
Talent Management & Minority Initiatives Leader
PwC LLP

Tori J. Farmer
Executive Director, Inclusion & Diversity
KPMG LLP

Tony Torres, CPA
Audit and Assurance Chief Inclusion Officer
Deloitte LLP

Accounting Firm Representatives (Large, Medium, & Small)

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

Jessica Velazquez, CPA, CFE
Managing Partner
Indiva Advisors LLP

Lisa Myers
Boyer & Ritter LLC, Principal, Chair – Forensic, Litigation & Consulting 
Past President of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
Past member of AICPA Council

Business & Industry Representative

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA
Executive Director, Finance Thought Leadership, Oracle
Past Chairman, AICPA
NCDI Vice-Chair

Affinity Group Representatives

Anna Mok
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Partner Representative – ASCEND

Edilberto Ortiz, CPA
Managing Partner, E.C. Ortiz & Co. LLP
Partner Representative – NCPACA

Damien Rivera
CEO, ALPFA
Partner Representative – ALPFA

Walter J. Smith, CPA
President and CEO, NABA
Partner Representative – NABA

Center for Accounting Education Advisory Board Representative

Frank Ross, CPA
Director, Center for Accounting Education
Howard University

State CPA Society Representative

Todd Schapiro
President and CEO
Illinois CPA Society