Incorporated in September 1998 in the State of Maryland, the NAAAHR was co-sponsored by the Baltimore Black Human Resources Network and the Washington DC Black Human Resources Network. The NAAAHR was formed by a coalition of 17 local organizations of Black and African American professionals and consultants from many cities across the country. The Association is made up of over 4,000 members and affiliates and operates over 25 chapters and interest groups throughout the nation. Many of the members are affiliated with other professional and trade organizations but find their local NAAAHR chapter a valued resource for shared learning, professional development and personal growth opportunities.
The Milwaukee Chapter of NAAAHR was started as African Americans in HR (AAHR) - Milwaukee in 2010 and became affiliated with the national organization NAAAHR in 2012.
Named NAAAHR National's 2016 Small Chapter of the Year.