Board Chair’s Message

Dear AABLI Family and Friends:

With mixed emotions, I announce the retirement of my colleague and friend, Yvette Chappell-Ingram, effective this summer. In 2011, as co-founders, we shared a vision to establish the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) as a premier leader in board governance training for Black professionals. Over the years, we have done that and so much more. Because we value our relationship, it is important that we share this important announcement with you.

Please join the AABLI board and staff in wishing Yvette well as she steps into a new season in her life. We invite you to read the following official press release to this message.


Virgil Roberts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 2021) – The African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) announces the retirement of Yvette Chappell-Ingram, President and CEO. Chappell-Ingram, who co-founded AABLI ten years ago, will retire from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit in the summer of 2021.

AABLI’s mission is to strengthen nonprofit, public, and private organizations by recruiting and preparing African Americans for service on a broad range of governing boards, and by facilitating the placement of AABLI graduates on boards and commissions. To date, AABLI has trained more than 700 of its alumni across the U.S. and placed more than 250 on governing boards and city, county, and state commissions.

“It has been a privilege to serve the AABLI mission,” said Chappell-Ingram. “Hundreds of African American professionals are now bringing their expertise, experience and perspectives to more than 250 organizations, and more to come. This is the dream of board room diversity we’ve worked so hard to make real.

“We are making a difference in bringing new voices, new strength to boards both nonprofit and corporate, and to commissions serving vast constituencies,” Chappell-Ingram added. “But there is much more to do. So, I intend to remain an active and passionate advocate of AABLI and its work.”

Board Chair Virgil Roberts, who in 2011 co-founded AABLI with Chappell-Ingram, said his colleague’s impact on her community has been profound. “From the beginning, Yvette anticipated both the long-range and immediate benefits of the African American presence in the rooms where decisions are made. But what she brought to AABLI goes beyond vision. Her ideas, hard work, concern for the community and pride in the AABLI alumni family made her a great leader.”

The Hawkins Company has been retained to conduct a search for Chappell-Ingram’s successor.



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


Thank you for supporting The African American Board Leadership Institute and its commitment to

strengthening and diversifying leadership in nonprofit, public, and private organizations.

If you would like to mail your donation, please make the check payable to:
Community Partners c/o AABLI
P.O. Box 741265
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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 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.