In December 2008, a group of former classmates and friends from Essex County College in New Jersey assembled to discuss the need for a diverse and transformative professional organization that would help its members find synergy between career advancement in their chosen field, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship as a means to engage in Haiti’s ongoing rebuilding and development efforts. In April 2011, the organization was formally established as the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP). The organization announced its name change to the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) at the 4th Annual Conference in November 2015.
We believe that, through the collaborative efforts of Haitian students, professionals, and diaspora members, we will see a better Haiti in our lifetime.
To connect, empower, and mobilize students and professionals in the Haitian diaspora, and to facilitate diaspora contributions to Haiti’s economic and social progress.
NAAHP core values
|1.||Support NAAHP members with professional advancement opportunities to help them develop mutually beneficial partnerships and diversify their chosen field of study through mentoring programs, networking events, educational workshops and career placement services.|
|2.||Empower students by providing competitive scholarships to students focused on strategies to promote civic engagement and economic empowerment for Haiti and its global diaspora.|
|3.||Engage NAAHP members and stakeholders in Haiti’s ongoing social and economic development efforts by creating transformative partnerships that match passion, skills and expertise with demand through advocacy, catalytic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship opportunities.|