Francena Amparo is a passionate community activist and dedicated civil servant. Francena was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2011 and ascended to the role of Assistant Minority Leader in 2016 and has served a total of four terms in the Dutchess County Legislature. Francena describes herself as”driven to help underserved people fight injustice.”
Ms. Amparo was raised in the Bronx where she became interested in politics at a young age. She was always captivated by the idea that the powers of government can be harnessed for good. Francena studied to become a paralegal at SUNY Westchester Community College. Francena then went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Legal studies from SUNY Purchase.
Francena relocated to the Hudson Valley over a decade ago and now owns a home in Wappingers Falls where she serves as President of the Board of Managers for her homeowners association. Ms. Amparo has spent close to twenty years working in the legal field and currently assists three partners at a major law firm in New York City.
Years ago, after the loss of her younger brother to suicide, Francena made a commitment to herself for the sake of her family and others, to become more involved in the political process in order to create positive changes. The painful loss of her brother’s life confirmed to her that the system was failing and that much work needed to be done to save others from the pain her family experienced.
Francena prides herself on using her elected office to represent her constituents and to fulfill her commitment to improving the lives of others through direct outreach, education and advocacy. A true public servant and civic activist, Francena is also an active member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council; the National Association of Latino Elected Officials; Local Progress; the Wappingers Falls Business and Professional Association; and the Wappingers Historical Society.