Florene “Flo” Wiley has a commercial and non-profit client list that includes the Amer-I-Can Foundation for Social Change, Center for African & African American Art & Culture, Compagnia de’ Colombari, Dwyer Cultural Center, Essence Communications/WPIX-TV, Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Group W Cable/Westinghouse Broadcasting, Harlem Arts Alliance, Latola Films Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, National Black Touring Circuit, New Federal Theatre, Oakland Jazz Alliance, San Francisco international Film Festival, Tatge-Haizlip Productions (US/Switzerland) and WNET/13. Formerly the Director of Marketing & Communications for the world-famous Apollo Theatre, she has also been employed as the Manager of Employee Communication for Scholastic Inc., Account Executive with Uniworld Group, and Program Director of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. She has provided her expertise to the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (Profile Oakland: Retail ’89), Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (National Urban Health Conference, 40th Anniversary of HARLEM WEEK), San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce, 125th Street Business Improvement District, Harlem Arts Alliance, and the cities of Mount Vernon, NY and Oakland CA. For twelve years she produced and hosted a weekly radio show, Black Beat New York: The Flo Wiley Show on WHCR 90.3 FM & www.whcr.org (Harlem Community Radio) which became the go-to destination for knowing what’s up with the arts in Harlem. In January 2016 she debuted Black Beat Bay Area on KGPC 96.9 FM & www.kgpc969.org (Peralta Colleges Community Radio) where she has amassed a broad and loyal audience of listeners.
Florene has a B.A. in Speech/Drama from California State University at Hayward, and has been teaching acting since 1979 and public speaking since 2006. A native of Little Rock, AR, Ms. Wiley grew up in Oakland, CA and has lived in Lagos, Nigeria, Chicago, IL, and New York City (Harlem). She moved home to the Bay Area in August 2015 and now lives in Richmond. She speaks fluent English, conversational Spanish and beginner’s French. Florene currently serves on the City of Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.