A gallant champion for people, Felicia Mychele Brunson decided early in her life that she was going to be the change she wanted to see in her community and the world. Hailing from “The Mecca of Broward County,” Carver Ranches, Brunson began constructing change in her community right after graduating from college. Becoming involved with the Homeowners Association, Brunson’s hunger for change drove her to become Vice President, and eventually became instrumental in the move to incorporate Carver Ranches and the surrounding unincorporated communities into Broward County’s 31st city – West Park.
A champion for justice, equality and empowering communities, in March 2005, Brunson made history by becoming one of the inaugural and the youngest City Commissioners for the newly formed City of West Park where she proudly served for 10 years, rising to the seat of Vice Mayor.
A servant of the people, Felicia’s ultimate desire is to “serve” people. When asked why community service is so important to her, she replied “Community service is a way to share the gifts that have been received.” She refers to Mary McLeod Bethune: “Service is the price you pay for the God-given space you occupy.” Brunson feels an obligation to take care of her community.
An advocate for youth, senior citizens, quality education, and access to social services and affordable healthcare, Brunson has earned the reputation as a voice for the young and the young-at-heart. As Founder and President of the non-profit organization, Visions of Images, Inc., Brunson desires to bridge the intergenerational gap between youth and senior citizens.
In her spare time, Felicia mentors, volunteers time feeding senior citizens, coordinates back to school supplies for needy students, provides Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gifts to needy families, coordinates senior social activities and health fairs, and provides a well-balanced female youth development program for young girls aged 7 to 18 during the Summer.
Because of her activism, Felicia has continued to gain support from various groups and organizations. In addition, she has gained an immense amount of support from her constituents and colleagues. Receiving a multitude of awards, Felicia is particularly appreciative of being the 2004 recipient of the NAACP’s Eula G. Johnson Community Servant Award, the Women Elected to Municipal Government Empowering Women Award, the ABWA Government Official of the Year, the Top Hat Community Service Award, the 2011 South Florida Freedom Sister Award, the 2012 League of Women Voters Young Elected Officials to Watch, and the 2013 Broward Black Elected Officials’ Community Service Honoree.
Never too busy to give back to her community and the people who helped her succeed, Felicia currently holds membership with Leadership Florida, serves as board Vice Chair for Broward Community and Family Health Center, Founder of the One Community One Cause Walk for Cures event where she raises monies for 7 different charities, and a Women of Tomorrow Mentor.
A graduate of Florida State University, she received her BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Communications with a specialization in Journalism from Florida A&M University. From Nova Southeastern University, Felicia has an MS (Master of Science) degree in English Education and an Ed.S (Educational Specialist) degree in Administration and Management of Educational Programs.
Felicia hopes to leave a legacy for youth to emulate. Her love of service is equal to her love for all the people she serves in the community of West Park, Broward County, the state of Florida and the world. Her zealous work is a testament to the urgency of the writer and environmentalist, Terry Tempest Williams’ quote, “The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”