The National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) is the premier organization that helps Blacks, ethnic minorities, and women achieve inclusion in the financial services industry.


  • Connects members to industry leaders and business opportunities
  • Advocates for policies that create equal representation and inclusion
  • Provides educational opportunities
  • Works to build awareness about the value of ensuring that people of color and women are included in all aspects of the financial services industry

NASP was founded in Chicago in 1985 by Maynard H. Jackson, Felicia Flowers-Smith, Joyce M. Johnson & Donald Davidson. From a core group of 44 people in attendance at NASP’s first organizational meeting in 1985, the organization has grown to become a resource for diverse professionals within the securities and investments industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASP currently has 11 local chapters throughout the United States and boasts a membership of over 500.


1600 K Street, N.W.
Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 371-5535

Mission & Objectives

As a professional organization, NASP serves as a resource for the minority community at large and for the minority professionals within the securities and investments industry by providing opportunities to share information about the securities markets, including functioning as a repository for information regarding current trends, facilitating fundamental educational seminars, and creating networking opportunities.

Our objectives

  • To pursue the highest standards of professionalism and excellence among NASP members
  • To achieve equal opportunity for minorities and women in the securities industry
  • To foster the growth and development of minorities and women; of minority-controlled and women-controlled institutions in the securities industry
  • To enhance communication among members
  • To increase public awareness, especially among minorities and women, of public and private finance career opportunities
  • To pursue progressive and balanced policies affecting public and private finance

Nasp principles

We uphold the law that bans racial, ethnic or gender discrimination in employment.

We believe that racial , ethnic or gender discrimination in employment, business contracts and related activities is immoral and an unsound business practice.

We support equal and fair employment practices including, without limitation, the hiring, compensating, training, promoting and retaining of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, other minority Americans, and women.

We support the development of training programs that will prepare significant numbers of African-Americans, other minority Americans, and women for management, ownership, supervisory, administrative, clerical, sales and technical positions in all business activities.

We support equitable participation and equal opportunity in all business dealings. 


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