27th North Atlantic Regional (NAR) Director 1990-1994

Ms. Erma Barron was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Delta Chapter in 1961 at Morgan State University.  She was a Charter member of Iota Gamma Omega Chapter in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she served as Basileus, Anti-Basileus, and in numerous other positions.  She was the Founding President of The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Incorporated and served as Executive Director for 10 years.  Additional capacities in which she served include member of International Corporate/Foundation Liaison Committee, member of the International Business Roundtable Committee, and Alpha Kappa Alpha representative to the National Council of Negro Women. She was a Co-Coordinator of the Cluster I Basilei Council, Coordinator of the Cluster I Graduate Advisors Council, and served on numerous Regional committees.  She has conducted many workshops and served as roundtable discussion leader at Cluster, Regional Conferences, Boule and International Leadership Conferences.

Ms. Barron has been actively involved in the Prince George’s community for over forty-five (45) years and has served on several boards and commissions including the Social Services Board, the Family Crisis Center Board, the Minority Business Enterprise Commission, and the Harlem Remembrance Foundation Board.  She is the immediate past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Zonta Club of Prince George’s County, and is responsible for developing and implementing service projects to advance the status of women. She is the advocacy lead for Maryland for District 3 of Zonta International.

Ms. Barron is the recipient of many community and sorority awards and honors including

Prince Georgian of the Year, Prince George’s Women of Achievement, 50 Most Influential

Blacks in Prince George’s County, Outstanding Community Service Award, Prince George’s

County Black Democratic Council, and Who’s Who of American Women. She was twice selected NAR Basileus of the Year, and during her tenure Iota Gamma Omega was honored three (3) times as an outstanding chapter.

Ms. Barron retired after 35 years as a mathematical statistician/economist for the Social Security Administration where she was responsible for policy research and served as Director of Disability Program Information and Studies. She also was employed as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, and served as Congressional Liaison to the U.S. House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She is a Senior Fellow, Council for Excellence in Government.

Ms. Barron currently serves as CEO of Empowerment Associates, where she provides consulting services for nonprofit organizations and markets Legal Shield plans for families, small businesses and employee group benefits.

Ms. Barron has 2 adult children, Mykl Asanti (Natalie) and Jocelyn Chaplin (Russell), and 2 wonderful grandsons, Isaiah and Aaron Chaplin.