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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

First African-American Woman To Work On The Mayors’ Senior Staff In Huntsville

Brenda Martin!

She was appointed by Mayor Tommy Battle to be the Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office for the city of #Huntsville, Ala., in 2008

(now retired). She became the first African-American woman to work on the Mayors’ senior staff in 1989 when she was hired to work for former Mayor Steve Hettinger. Brenda was a pioneering media personality in Huntsville. She was one of the first African-Americans to work as an anchor and talk show host for the local ABC and Fox affiliates. Brenda’s diverse background also includes working as a professional model for Emillio Pucci in Venice and Rome, Italy and owning and managing Tiffany’s Academy of Personal Development, Inc., a company that offered a comprehensive self-improvement curriculum that was utilized by many young people including aspiring models and actors. Brenda also has been very dedicated to community needs and issues in Huntsville and the state of Alabama. Raised as a foster child, she has been a passionate advocate for Tiffany’s

Academy of PerAlabama’s foster care programs. She has also been the volunteer chair of the Huntsville Housing Authority and given her time and support to the Boys & Girls Club. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenOfExcellence

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