Leadership & History of FCCLA

National Staff

An executive director leads the organization and heads a national staff that gives direction to and carries out programs, communications, membership services and financial management.


Ten national officers (students) are elected by the voting delegates at the National Leadership meeting and together make up the National Executive Council.

The National Board of Directors is composed of adult representatives from education and business and four youth representatives.

State associations and local chapters elect their own youth officers. State programs come under the supervision of family and consumer education staff. Chapter advisors are family and consumer science teachers.


FCCLA has a national membership of over 175,000 young men and women. There are 53 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. There are 10,000 local chapters.

Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved over nine million youth. Former members are eligible to become members of Alumni & Associates.

Program Emphasis

  • FCCLA is the only in school student organization with the family as its central focus.
  • FCCLA is a career and technical education student organization that functions as an integral part of the family and consumer science education curriculum and operates within the school system.
  • FCCLA provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.

Awards History

History of FCCLA

  1. 1917

    President Woodrow Wilson signed the first national vocational education act into law.

  2. 1920’s

    High school home economics students formed home economics clubs.

  3. 1943

    Committee was formed to study the home economics clubs and to make recommendations to improve and strengthen the clubs.

  4. 1945

    Future Homemakers of America was founded in Chicago, IL
    First issue of "Teen Times" (national magazine for FHA) was published.
    FHA is co-sponsored by American Home Economics Association (AHEA) and US Office (now US Department) of Education.
    Georgia second state to be chartered and first to have a full time State Adviser (first State Adviser was Mrs. Janet Barber)
    First State President and Georgia's first National officer was Pat Randolph (Mrs. Richard B. Russell III)

  5. 1948

    The first national Future Homemakers of America meeting was held in Kansas City, when the national constitution was ratified

  6. 1965

    New Homemakers of America - similar organization in predominantly Black schools - merged with FHA; this merger made the Georgia Association of FHA the 4th largest in the USA.

  7. 1970

    Occupational home economics was included with Home Economics Related Occupations (HERO)

  8. 1971

    HERO chapters were established to meet the needs of occupational students

  9. 1978-79

    FHA emblem was changed to an eight sided emblem. FHA and HERO were situated in the center of the emblem with rays extending to the edge representing FHA/HERO's outreach to the community.

  10. 1982

    National Meeting was held in Georgia for the first time.

  11. 1983

    FHA national headquarters and leadership center in Reston, VA was dedicated.

  12. 1990

    State Executive Council was reduced to 12 state officers.

  13. 1995

    Family and consumer sciences becomes the new name of the home economics profession

  14. 1995

    50th anniversary of Future Homemakers of America

  15. 1999

    Future Homemakers of America was changed to Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America at the National Convention in Boston, MA. Our futuristic oval logo was voted on by FCCLA members. This futuristic logo may not hold the traditions of the past logo, but it shows that FCCLA is a dynamic, active organization bound for the future. The dominant collegiate lettering articulates a focus on education and student leadership. The logo is red, the color of the rose as a sign of strength. The swooping arrow arch is a common motif in today's designs and definitely embodies an active organization that moves toward new arenas. With its space-like feel, this logo is sure to last through the next fifty years, but will always be linked to the time when FHA at the turn of the century changed to FCCLA.

The state office maintains the official history files of the association. If any former FCCLA members have interesting history facts to share with the state association, please contact the state office.