BAF ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
Board of Directors
President's Chief of Staff
Senior Executive Officers
The Black Achievement Fund's organizational structure is perhaps its greatest asset for three reasons.
1. The BAF's organizational structure can survive the death of a charismatic leader and/or the collapse of a major social movement. Because past movements failed to create a national organization and program such as the BAF, these social movements often died with the assassination of their charismatic leader(s). The BAF's organizational structure is suited to survive the death, resignation or removal of a charismatic leader. In such a case, the Vice President becomes President until a new permanent President is named by the Board of Directors. This ensures that the Black Achievement Fund will outlive its leadership and operate in perpetuity; in other words, the organization can still function without its head, no matter how charismatic. The BAF will consist of hundreds of the most talented Black leaders in the country, who will be fully capable of carrying out the mission of the BAF in the temporary absence of a President or relevant social movement.
2. All of BAF's employees will be working exclusively for the Black community, live in the Black community, and be 100% accountable to the Black community. Because the BAF is funded independently by Black people to exclusively serve Black people and will . self-sustaining structure, including its is international in scope and will hire the easy to sustain through low $9 a month membership fees. The BAF's $1 billion dollar-a-year budget, renewable through low $9 a month membership fees, guarantees that the organization will be self-sustaining, and even more importantly, be able to pay the highly competitive executive salaries necessary to recruit and retain top Black leadership. Top leadership enables us to successfully manage the BAF's comprehensive economic and community development agenda. For these reasons, some people refer to the BAF as "The Black Peoples' government."
3. BAF Members have a voice in how funds are allocated through the election of local Branch Presidents. The organization can afford to hire the best talent in the world to manage the Fund and its countless programs and services.
3. The BAF can serve maintains Black unity
As an umbrella organization In many ways it is. AF The BAF’s organizational structure is designed to achieve direct accountability from executive officers and local participation in decision making from BAF members.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Black Achievement Fund is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. Directors will be appointed based on their integrity and expertise in a field or discipline important to the work of the BAF.
The BAF will maintain a three-member in-house General Counsel. General Counsel will be responsible for all legal matters that pertain to the BAF, and will report directly to the Board of Directors.
The President is the Chief Executive Officer to which all other Executive Officers and Regional Directors report. The President reports directly to the Board of Directors.
The Vice President is second in command behind the President. The Vice President serves as counsel to the President and Diplomat. The vice President assumes the office of President shall the President die in office, is terminated, or resigns.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Senior Executive Officers are responsible for carrying out the operational and programmatic objectives of the organization as outlined by the President and Board of Directors. Regional Directors and Branch Presidents share a symbiotic relationship and are Senior Executive Officers equal to those listed below.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SECURITY
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SECURITY
- DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS (12 PROGRAM DEPARTMENTS)
The BAF has divided the country into 5 regions (see chart below). There will be five Regional Directors who will be responsible for managing the BAF’s activities within their respective region. Regional Directors will work closely with local BAF branches within their region to determine the budget priorities for that particular community. Regional Directors will consolidate all of the local branch priorities into one regional budget proposal to be submitted to the President and the Board for approval.
BAF BRANCH PRESIDENTS
The primary role of Branch Presidents is to communicate the needs of his or her local community to the Executive Branch. The Executive Branch will utilize this information when developing BAF programs and services for that particular community.
Branch Presidents will be elected by BAF members living in the community in which they intend to represent. However, for practical considerations, the first Branch Presidents will be appointed. BAF Campaign Branch Presidents and leaders will be prime candidates to serve as the first Branch Presidents.
BAF members will elect local Branch Presidents and have direct input in decision making through their Branch Presidents. Branch Presidents will host public meetings to gain member insight as to how best to utilize BAF resources for their local community. Branch Presidents will create budget proposals based on this input. These proposals will be submitted to Regional Directors, who will consolidate them and create one main budget proposal for their particular region. Each proposal will feature the suggestions made by members at the local level.
BAF's 5 REGIONS
The BAF has divided the country into 5 regions for easier management. All BAF members will be assigned a region based upon the state they reside in. Members will communicate with the BAF through their regional representatives, which include a Regional Director and several local Branch Presidents.
Each region contains approx. 10 million Black people. The two Southern Regions contain the highest population of Black people, approx. 22 million. Region 5 (West) contains the fewest Black people but it is the largest region by number of states and size. Regions 1 (Northeast) and Region 4 (Midwest) both contain approx. 8 million Black people.
Region 1: Northeast, approx. 8 million Black population; (9 States - NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, ME, MA, NH, RI)
Region 2: South 1, approx. 11 million Black population; (9 States - VA, WV, DC, MD, DE, TN, KY, NC, SC, GA
Region 3: South 2, approx. 11 million Black population; (8 States - FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, TX, OK
Region 4: Midwest, approx. 8 million Black population; (10 States - OH, WS, IN, MN, IL, NE, IA, MI, KS, MO
Region 5: West, approx. 5 million Black population; (14 States - CA, OR, WA, HI, AK, SD, ND, ID, WY, UT, NV, AZ, NM, CO