Powell is the second of five children and was raised in Amarillo and throughout
the United States. Her father was in the
United States Air Force. She graduated
from Amarillo High School and earned a degree in Management Development. She is a former Purchasing Representative for LINN Energy, headquartered
in Houston, Texas. She has also worked in the corporate industry for BP America
Production Company, Bell Helicopter Textron, and Xcel Energy.
been a member of Soroptimist International of Amarillo, for more than 20 years,
one of 3,100 Soroptimist clubs that improve the lives of women and girls
through volunteer projects in the community.
Together, Freda and her clubs worked to affect social change and to
increase the collective impact they have on local women and girls. She is a
member of the Amarillo Women’s Network, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo Branch NAACP, and Light of
Hope. She served on the Amarillo Opera Board of Trustees,
Access Community Credit Union Board, and the Airport Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Downtown Amarillo,
Inc., Board of Directors. She is a
member of Jenkins Chapel Baptist Church where she serves as Secretary and on the
On May 6, 2017, she was
the first African-American woman elected to the Amarillo City Council, Place
2, and she served as Mayor Pro-Tem from June 2019 to June 2020.