The Power Broker Team

Gypsy C. Gallardo, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief (gypsy@powerbrokermagazine.com)

Gypsy has dedicated her life and career to the advancement of black Americans, and to the development of the practical models and momentum needed to reach the goal of black equality.

She is an “activist publisher” who also holds executive positions with trailblazing organizations in the fields of media, advocacy, economic & commercial development. Among them, she is a VP of Urban Development Solutions, recognized for its pioneering work in inner-city commercial development; VP with International Enterprise, the firm responsible for implementing Florida’s first statewide microbusiness financing program; and is President of Urban Market Ventures, a group spearheading a new grocery store chain designed for majority-minority markets.

Gypsy is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy and dual concentrations in Political & Economic Development and International Trade & Finance; and received her BA from the Whitney Young College of Leadership at Kentucky State University. She was appointed in 2008 by Governor Crist to the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men & Boys, and is Co-Chair of The PACT - an advocacy and organizing group committed to harnessing the power of collective action to achieve black equality. She is the recipient of dozens of awards and honors for innovation, service and leadership.  Her pride and joy are the four children she raised, who include two nephews. She is “Auntie” to 13 beautiful children.

Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Guest Editor Assignments (deborah@powerbrokermagazine.com)

Deborah is both connected and committed. Apart from being the Power Broker's Business Manager for over three years (she recently transitioned her role), she is Executive Director of the Childs Park YMCA, CEO of Personal Agenda, and co-owner of Supreme Heating & Cooling. Deborah is an active member of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, serves on the boards of several community-based organizations, sings in her church choir, and is happily married to Daniel Sanders, with whom she parents three handsome and accomplished young men.

Other members of the Power Broker team: Gwendolyn Reese, Associate Editor (and a mentor of the Power Broker's publisher), G. "Pop" Lancaster, Official Photographer, Eddie Johnson, III, Lead Designer, Kimberley Webb, DIGITAL media manager, Alan Turnquist, Metro Area Correspondent, Adrienne Reddick, Events Manager, Paulette Goolsby, Project Manager, Kellis Glenn, Clearwater Correspondent, Sarah Hamm, Tarpon Springs Correspondent, Aleyah Conway, Youth Intern, and Lonnie Donaldson, Co-Founder of the Power Broker (who went home to God in 2009).

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