Global Empowerment Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011. ​Conceived in 1999 when Founder/Director Michael Capponi got his feet wet helping the victims of the Kosovo crisis. GEM’s founding board members have been involved in supporting some of the most significant global tragedies over the last decade, personally assisting in over 200 various aid relief trips around the world. 

These have included 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and many more.

In 2017, GEM spearheaded the #bstrong #ThisIsACrisis initiative which resulted in the amassing, execution and delivery of over 10 million pounds of aid for the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria. This initiative serviced and supported over 10 severely affected countries and US territories throughout the Caribbean. 

GEM has also provided disaster relief to the victims of both volcano disasters in Guatemala and Hawaii as well as Hurricane Florence  in North Carolina, Hurricane Michael in Florida, Hurricane Willa in Mexico, the 2018 California wild fires, the Venezuela CrisisCyclone Idai in Mozambique, the Amazon Fires in South America, the NW Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian, the January 2020 earthquakes in Puerto Rico,  Australian bushfires, and the Tennessee Tornado

GEM is now in full operations for the Coronavirus outbreak.

The near-term goal of the organization is to empower people struck with tragedy by providing emergency aid, cash cards, food and housing. Secondary, GEM provides quality education, diverse vocational training and job creation to people in third world countries such as Haiti. The objective is for people in developing countries to have a self-sufficient and sustainable economy, ultimately eliminating their dependency on foreign aid.

Our mission also supports personal growth programs as well as enlightening principals. By bringing these ideals to people around the globe, GEM is fostering deeper, richer and more enduring intellectual connections, transformative experiences, awareness and social charity. 

GEM is the official

disaster relief charity.

GEM is the official

disaster relief charity.

"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth...These are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between poverty, climatic events, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and people's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all."

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Board of Directors

Reid Boren
Reid Boren

Chairman

Felicia Marquez
Felicia Marquez

Vice Chair

Michelle Davis Boren
Michelle Davis Boren

Secretary

Michael Capponi
Michael Capponi

Founder/ Executive Director

William H. Dean
William H. Dean
Dr. Jay H Park
Dr. Jay H Park
Andres Fanjul
Andres Fanjul
Zoe Robins
Zoe Robins
Omar Rosario
Omar Rosario
Violet Camacho
Violet Camacho

Advisory Board

Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel
Luis Velásquez
Luis Velásquez
India Hicks
India Hicks
Carlos Ponce
Carlos Ponce
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
Reza Bundy
Reza Bundy
Jencarlos Canela
Jencarlos Canela
Alison Pusey
Alison Pusey
Charles A. Forbin
Charles A. Forbin
Tatiana Brunetti
Tatiana Brunetti
Eve Xanthopoulos
Eve Xanthopoulos
Gideon Kimbrell
Gideon Kimbrell
John Marques
John Marques
Silke Wettergren
Silke Wettergren
Emily Fullmer
Emily Fullmer
Rich Santelises
Rich Santelises
Clif Loftin
Clif Loftin
Nour Kawa
Nour Kawa
Kiera Smith
Kiera Smith
Linda Uribe
Linda Uribe
Kiko Alonso
Kiko Alonso
Eve Limo Green
Eve Limo Green
Daniela Sage
Daniela Sage
Kimberly Bentley
Kimberly Bentley
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Danoushka Capponi
Danoushka Capponi
Feliz Ramirez
Feliz Ramirez
Genesis Davila
Genesis Davila
Ryan Weber
Ryan Weber
Becky Brownell
Becky Brownell

Junior Committee

GEM encourages the youth to get involved in humanitarian initiatives.

Teddy Cohen
Teddy Cohen
Enzo la Grassa
Enzo la Grassa
Ashley Fullmer
Ashley Fullmer
Kari Rose
Kari Rose