About Us

Jaye Francis Has Retired

AIBA will miss their beloved mentor, Jaye Francis, who coordinated the American Indian Business Association for nearly a quarter of a century.  She started at the UNM Anderson School of Management in 1993, and immediately began reaching out to the Native business students.  Jaye made fast friendships with Katchee Mitchell, Michael Clani, and Roberson Becenti who all founded AIBA.  From then on, she began to reach out to the Native business community, schools, and other resources to recruit, retain, and graduate her students.  The students have always been her passion and she will miss them very much.  Happy Retirement, Jaye

         Jaye Francis


Our mission as the American Indian Business Association (AIBA) is to encourage and stimulate tribal economic development.


Our vision is to produce tomorrow's leaders by empowering our students with first hand business experiences so that they may assume professional positions after graduation. Our professional members serve as role models to current AIBA students and have the benefit of mentoring these future leaders. Through these interactions, AIBA encourages and builds capacity for tribal economic development.


The American Indian Business Association (AIBA) was created by three aspiring business students when they realized that there was a need for a support system for American Indian students at the UNM Anderson School of Management. AIBA was established in 1994 by Michael Clani, Roberson Becenti, Katchee Mitchell, and Anderson staff member, Jaye Francis. AIBA continues to be that support for American Indian students by providing access to resources to help our future leaders get their "foot in the door" and experience first-hand what it takes to be a leader.


  • To recruit, retain and increase the number of Native students graduating from college.
  • To assist our membership in realizing their potential and the value of a formal education.
  • To serve as a liaison for the UNM Anderson School of Management and the various tribal entities of the Southwest.
  • To reinforce the value of "giving back" to the community through service learning projects


  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Unyielding commitment to service and giving back to our communities
  • Continuous pursuit of innovative ideas and their implementation
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