The National Bar Association (NBA) has appointed Demetris W. Cheatham the first female executive director in the Association’s 87-year history. Representing approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students, the NBA is America’s oldest and largest organization for minority attorneys and judges.

“The appointment of Demetris Cheatham to the role of executive director signifies this historic organization’s commitment to progressive, skilled and proven leadership that can elevate the voice and profile of the NBA for the benefit of the lawyers we serve and the causes we support both in the United States and around the world.

Ms. Cheatham will bring an energized and focused approach to the management and implementation of our strategies,” said NBA president, Daryl D. Parks.

Prior to her appointment, Cheatham fulfilled senior management positions within the organization serving most recently as NBA’s interim executive director. An active member of the NBA throughout her career, Cheatham served the organization as a committee member of various substantive sections, managing editor of the Corporate Law Section magazine, In House View, and communications director and special assistant to NBA president.

Cheatham holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and received her Juris Doctorate and masters in business administration from the University of Maryland School of Law and its Robert H. Smith School of Business. Prior to joining the NBA staff, Cheatham was an associate within the Legal Financial Consulting Practice of Huron Consulting Group. In this capacity she assisted clients with internal investigations, SEC accounting, reporting and data analysis.

Before becoming an associate at Huron Consulting Group, Cheatham was a technology analyst at the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs in New York City. There she was responsible for assessing the company’s technology needs and vulnerabilities in the event of a domestic or global disaster.