For My People Empowerment, Inc


Brenda M. Francis, President & CEO of Francis Publications Administrative & Editorial Services, is also Director of Program Developments/Operations for Africans In America, Inc. a non-profit human trafficking organization located in the Bronx. She is president of For My People Empowerment, Inc., where she is dedicated to bring an awareness to her community in the area of Emergency Preparedness.  Mother of two, Shartel and Bryant, and grandmother of five of the most beautiful children, Sade, Jada Justin, Jodi and Zahir, she has always had the desire to, and an immense wealth of experience in managerial, administrative, human and social services expertise dating back to 1980 when she was a Contributing Editor to R.R. Bowker (Xerox Company) and received worldwide publication credits as an editor.  From 1980 to the present, Brenda served in various corporate and non-corporate managerial and administrative capacities: (a) Serials Assistant to Taylor Carlisle Booksellers in New York; (b) MIS Manager to the Director of Social Services, Volunteers of America Men’s Shelter, Wards Island, New York; (c) Office Manager, Eddie Harris Residential Facility, Brooklyn, New York, and as (d) Administrative Manager, Smart’s Management Consultant Services, New Rochelle, New York.  She is well grounded in organizing and maintaining PC, designing and implementing training programs for staff and clients, providing technical and administrative services to churches and not-for-profit organizations, including budget and analysis preparation, fundraising, tax preparation and grant writing. 

Her volunteer experience is extensive: she served as Service Unite Manager/Cadette Leader/Troop Consultant, for Girls Scouts Council of Greater New York, Tiger Cub Coach, for Boy Scouts of America, Church Administration-Computer Trainer, at Faith Covenant Christian Church, Program Director for Bronx Arts Cultural Center.  Brenda assisted the Executive Director of The National Association of Blessed Billionaires to start and open their Summer Camp.


Brenda presently serves on various capacities on the Board of Directors of many organizations including:  Africans In America, Inc., Bronx Arts Cultural Center, Inc., and Freedom & Justice International.  She is also a member of the National Association of Negro and Professional Women’s Club and two organizations that is close to her heart: The Minisink Spirit, Inc. and the Camp Minisink Alumni who grew leaders to a belief that "We are dealing with the lives and souls of the children of God.  It is up to us not to take them for granted, not to be careless, indifferent and not to be unprepared.  We need to know that every moment counts, every program must be worthy, every hour and yes, every cent well spent.  We must always feel that this is not only our opportunity to serve, but also our responsibility."  She felt this was the opportunity for her to do the work that God wanted her to do.  Brenda has been a part of Minisink since 1968 when she started as a camper, was a member of Camp Minisink’s Tapawingo Honor Society, and has volunteered her services at the Minisink Town House from 1972 up until an hour before having her first child. Presently Brenda serves on the Executive Board as the Vice President of the 47th Precinct Community Council.

She also holds Special Training Certificates from various institutions such as The American Management Association, Training the Personal Computer Trainer, where she helped design and implement the Microcomputer Training Program;  Funds for the City of New York; Citizens for NYC Building Capacity Training Program and was recognized by Joseph Bruno, Commissioner of NYC Office of Emergency Management for demonstrating leadership in bringing the All Together Now Emergency Preparedness Program to residents of her community.


In January 2008 she graduated from the New York Police Citizens Police Academy. Her recent accomplishment was when she was elected as the Deputy Chief of the Bronx 10 CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team) where she provides preparedness steps in advance to minimize the impact and to makes a big difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals, families, businesses and communities.


She received the Presidential Lifetime Service Award from President Obama in 2010 for her many years of voluntary services she provided to the New York Communities.  


Working with the victims of 9/11