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BPIA Committees Overview 

What is a Committee? 

A committee is a group of people who come together to work on a project, program, or organizational tasks. Committee members are unpaid, volunteer roles and open to active BPIA members.

How do committees support the BPIA mission?

Committees enable BPIA to fulfill its mission of further involving Black Professionals in the International Affairs field by directly contributing to tasks that will result in this involvement. Currently, many of these identified committees are functions and tasks being performed by a single board member who’s roles and responsibilities do not traditionally include that delegation. By instituting committees, this increases the capacity of our efforts as well as leverages the resources, talents, and human capital of our members.

What committees exist and how can I participate?

A full listing of the 16 current standing committees and committee lead contact information can be found here.

Monthly Standing Meetings times can be found here.

How often do committees meet?

Committees should have a standing meeting at least once per month, or more if needed. The purpose of a monthly meeting is to allow members to report opportunities or lines of effort. It also streamlines for new members joining throughout the year. Monthly Standing Meetings times can be found here.

Who Leads a Committee?

Committees are chaired by a BPIA board member or BPIA member. For questions relating to BPIA committees, please reach out to

List of Committees
  • Administrative Support Committee
  • Business and Economic Development Committee 
  • Communications Committee 
  • Education and Exchange Committee 
  • Executive Committee Finance Committee (CFA's, Financial Accounts highly needed) 
  • Fundraising + Grants Committee 
  • Governance + Standards Committee (Lawyers highly needed) 
  • Partnerships Committee 
  • Policy + Advocacy Committee 
  • Professional Development + Mentorship Committee 
  • Programming Committee 
  • Special Projects Committee / Hybrid Planning 
  • Strategic Planning Committee 
  • Technology Committee

BPIA membership is open to all applicants who support our mission and goals without regard to race, religion/creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual preference or identity.

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