December 2015, Mrs. Edmé was appointed Vice President, of NAACP Field Operations. In her current capacity, she is responsible for administering the Association’s branch and field structure which consists of seven regions throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Japan & Hawaii, state/area conferences, branches, youth councils and college chapters. She serves as the principle advisor to the President & CEO and the Executive Leadership Team on all matters relative to branch & field administration. Since joining the NAACP in 1980, she has dedicated herself personally and professionally to youth leadership and development, political and social advocacy, and the pursuit of civil rights for all and social justice advocacy.
Ms. Edmé, born in Durham, North Carolina, is the oldest child of the late Mary Hennessee Brown and Raymond R. Brown. She was raised in Springfield Gardens, New York, from the age of four, therefore considering herself a “native” New Yorker. Ms. Edmé is the product of the New York City Public School system, attending elementary and secondary schools in Queens, New York. She is a graduate of the City College of New York, receiving her undergraduate degree in elementary education. She has furthered her studies at New York University and Columbia University.
In her previous position as Director of Corporate Relations, Paula was responsible for corporate solicitation to support NAACP special events. She worked directly with corporate representatives, fostering sustainable relationships that resulted in raising over $7 million for the NAACP Annual Image Awards, the NAACP 106th Annual National Convention, the Annual Leadership 500 Summit and Daisy Bates Education Institute.
Prior to joining the Development Department, Ms. Edmé served as the Chief of Field Operations. She previously held positions of Northeast Regional Director, National Youth Director and the Northeast Region Youth Director. Working directly with NAACP volunteers in state-state/area conferences, branches, youth councils and college chapters she assisted in addressing racism and discrimination in all facets of society. She provided guidance in their lobbying efforts for the enactment and enforcement of local, state and federal laws, organized GOTV and Direct Action Campaigns. She assisted Units in effectively implementing NAACP health and education initiatives, political action campaigns, and the Back-To-School/Stay-In-School Program.
In her spare time, Ms. Edmé continues to focus her attention on the wellbeing and development of young people. As a member of Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, she serves as the First Vice President and Chairman of the Membership Committee. She has co-chaired the Services to Youth Facet, working to provide a range of substantive & sustainable programs to children Prekindergarten – 16 years of age and the Fundraising Committee. She is a member of Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle (BWBGGC), and is co-founder of YES! We Can Help Quisqueya Children.
Ms. Edmé is blessed with the love and support of her husband Georges and her entire family.