Debra F. Brown is the daughter of the late George H. Jones and Mary F. Jones. She is the 4th child born of 5 children. Debra was born and reared in Emporia, Virginia. She completed high school in 1975 and matriculated to Virginia Commonwealth University receiving a B. S. Degree in Psychology. In 1982, she married Richard E. Brown and they have one daughter, Richanda Lynnise Brown.
Debra Brown has been employed with Five County Mental Health Authority for 18 years and serves as a Care Coordinator in their Administrative office in Henderson, NC. She is a Notary and Certified Forensic Screener with the State of North Carolina. Debra Brown became President of the Greensville Emporia Unit in November 2000 and received the Branch Revitalization Award from the Virginia State Conference in 2001 followed by the Leadership Award in 2002 and the next year the Membership Award. Mrs. Brown also received the Membership Medallion at the National Convention in New Orleans for selling over $1,000.00 in memberships. The Greensville Emporia Unit has received 3 consecutive awards at the Virginia State Convention for Life Membership during her tenure.
Mrs. Brown, a life member of the NAACP, was re-elected President of Greensville Unit in November 2010. She also serves as Area 6 Chair, holding that position since 2003. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008.
Currently, Mrs. Brown serves on the following committees on the National Board of Directors of the NAACP: National Health Committee -Vice Chair, Election Supervisory Committee, Advocacy and Policy, Youth Works, Life Membership, and Housing. She also serves also serves on the Virginia State Conference Executive Committee and chairs the Branch Revitalization Committee and serves on the Housing Committee and Retirement Planning Committee for the Virginia State Conference Administrative Assistant, Ms Mary Easter. She is also a member of Lawrenceville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is the recording secretary and Chair the Social Action Committee. She was elected President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 151 in June of 2010. She is a member of the Diamond Grove Baptist Church and serves as Secretary of the Sunday School and a member of the Greensville County Sunday School Union. In December of 2009, Mrs. Brown was unanimously appointed by Emporia City Council to represent the City of Emporia on the District 19 Health Advisory Board. She was honored by her Unit and received an award for Service beyond the call of Duty in 2003. In 2007, Mrs. Brown received the Moses D. Knox Award, given to a citizen in the Greensville Emporia Area for outstanding works in Civil Rights. Mrs. Brown has also been honored by Habitat for Humanity. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club.
During Mrs. Brown tenure as President of the NAACP Unit in Greensville County, the Unit has made several accomplishments: First Founders’ Day Celebration, First time to have local, State and National officials at their Freedom Fund Banquet, First Memorial Day Observance of local Fallen Civil Rights Activist, First Historical Documentation of the Unit, Proclamation written by Mrs. Brown for Black History Month to include the accomplishments of local African Americans, advocated for promotion of African Americans within the Emporia Police Department leading to the first African American Chief of Police and the first African American Lieutenant and many successful Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decisions for the members of Area 6 with the Unit’s assistance. For the past two years, the Greensville Unit has sponsored 20 High School students to participate on their Annual Freedom Fund Program.