AAFEA, Inc. was founded in February 2002 by a dedicated cadre of African American members of the Federal Senior Executive Service to promote the professional development and advancement of African Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government. We sponsor programs and advocate policies that will enhance opportunities for African Americans to serve our nation in senior level positions. AAFEA also allies and partners with other senior level associations, public and private sector organizations and academia to leverage resources to develop intellectual capital to effectively execute the business of the federal government.


The AAFEA Fellows Program is a mentoring and training opportunity for qualified members of AAFEA who hold the ranks of GS-14 and GS-15 and have at least one year of supervisory experience. The Program offers individual mentoring, career counseling, networking opportunities and leadership workshops focused on SES preparation and ECQ submission.

The SES Coffee Talk is a small group discussion forum. Forum leaders provide personal insights into the journey to the SES and the executive responsibilities and challenges faced by established and newly minted members of the Senior Executive Service.

The Annual AAFEA Training Workshop focuses on the programs, policies, practices, and processes that promote career enhancing opportunities and the core subjects critical for becoming a member of the SES. This two-day event is designed for federal and military professionals with experience at the GS-13 and above level.

The Annual AAFEA Fall Social provides attendees with a unique opportunity to socialize and network with senior federal professionals.

For more information about any of these events, please contact us with your query.
AAFEA membership is open to active and retired federal employees in grades GS-13 through SES (or equivalent grades). AAFEA membership is also available to uniform members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and Public Health in grade Major (or equivalent) and above.

Membership entitles you to participate in quarterly meetings, receive electronic copies of meeting minutes, request a mentor through the AAFEA Fellows Program, and apply for scholarship funding for career advancement.

Annual dues are $125.00 for members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and $100.00 for all other grades.

Please review the Membership Application and contact us if you have any questions. If you are a ready to join or renew now, please CLICK HERE.

2013 AAFEA

Thanks to everyone who made the 2013 AAFEA Training Workshop an incredible success!

This two-day event featured workshops and presentations that focused on the programs, policies, practices, and processes that promote career-enhancing opportunities and the core subjects critical for becoming a member of the SES.

Stellar presentations and directives were provided by the Honorable Kweisi Mfume, former Congressman and former President/CEO, NAACP; Clarence Johnson, Director for Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity, Department of Defense; Dr. James C. Meng (SES), Department of the Navy, AAGEN Vice Chair; and Veronica Villalobos (SES), Office of Personnel Management, Director - Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

AAFEA also wishes to acknowledge our our co-sponsor, the US Department of State Department of Civil Rights, who under the leadership of Director John Robinson (SES) and Shireen Dodson (SES) help make this an outstanding event.


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