2015: Yvette Chappell-Ingram

Yvette Chappell-Ingram is President and CEO of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) whose mission is to strengthen nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing and placing African Americans on a broad range of governing boards. Established in 2011, AABLI is the only organization in the country created exclusively to train and assist with the placement of African American professionals on all types of governing boards and commissions. There are numerous organizations whose mission is to provide board training. There are far fewer that provide training and placement. AABLI does both and at the same time focuses on building a pipeline of eminently qualified African American board candidates in an effort to achieve greater board diversity. In two years, AABLI has trained more than 200 professionals and helped place over 50 on boards and commissions.

Before joining the AABLI, Yvette was President of the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (CLBCF).  As President, she was responsible for providing leadership and direction to advance the mission of the CLBCF, which included community outreach and engagement, resource development, strategic leadership development, community workshops, capacity building, media relations, marketing and fundraising.

Appointed State Commissioner by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Chappell-Ingram is a member of the Dental Board of California. She has over 25 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations and has served on numerous boards and committees, including the national and local boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, University of California Irvine Certificate in Fundraising Advisory Board, the African American Alliance for Mental Illness and the Accounting Careers Awareness Program. She currently serves on the board of Special Needs Network, an organizations dedicated to raising public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults.

Chappell-Ingram received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. 

A third generation native of Los Angeles, California, Yvette Chappell-Ingram has been active in the African Methodist Episcopal Church since 1980.  She lives in the County of Los Angeles with her husband Reginald.