FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miami, FL, November 13, 2015 — The NAHP, National Association of Haitian Professionals, one of the leading professional organizations for Haitian professionals announced today at the 4th annual conference, their official name change to NAAHP – The National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals.
“We’re excited about the name change, our new name puts us in a better position to grow the organization” says Serge Renaud, Executive Vice President, NAAHP. In addition he shares, “what better place and time to make this announcement, than at our signature event, among the key stakeholders, supporters and members who have contributed to our growth.”
The idea of the NAAHP was born in 2008 when a group of close college companions sat down to discuss the advancement of the Haitian diaspora within their networks. In 2011, the National Association of Haitian Professionals, NAHP, became an official organization focused on elevating, connecting and creating opportunities for Haitian diaspora domestically and abroad. Over the course of four-years the organization has grown significantly and has branded and organized one of the most successful conferences for the Haitian diaspora, the Annual NAAHP Conference.
The name change symbolizes the future of the NAAHP. Dr. Marjorie Pierre Brennan, MD, Chair of the NAAHP advisory board states, “The power of the NAAHP is evident in the dedication of our membership. This name change better reflects current and future direction, with a focus on the organization’s mission and success .”
The organization will continue its work to advance Haitian professionals by leveraging the transformative power of collective action to create solid partnerships that use advocacy, catalytic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to promote inclusive, effective and lasting socio-economic progress for the diaspora and Haiti.
“Changing our name was not an easy decision; professionals have grown with us as NAHP,” says Esther “E.J.” Dupervil, Vice President, Programming, NAAHP “however, we realize that the former name, no longer encompasses all that we are for the Haitian diaspora, we are not simply an association of professionals — we are a union of determined people binded to Haiti and committed to advancing the country – hence the NAAHP.”
A new logo has been created and is now part of NAAHP’s organizational identity. To learn more about the NAAHP name change please visit www.naahpusa.org.
Founded in 2011, the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established by diverse group of forward-thinking industry experts, youth leaders, faculty, public and nonprofit sector professionals from Haiti and its global diaspora. NAAHP is focused on connecting a global community of peers with career advancement resources as well as fostering transformative relationships between NAAHP members and committed stakeholders to rebuild Haiti through philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.