Jo Etta Brown
Nevada Commission for Women
Douglas County advocate and activist Jo Etta Brown of Gardnerville was recently elected executive vice president of the Alliance for Retired Americans. After 30 years of corporate banking experience and significant community involvement, Jo Etta put her skills and interests to work with the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans in 2007, working as their Treasurer. Jo Etta joined the Alliance Regional Board for the Western Region in 2010 and led trainings in the western states.
As a leader for the Alliance for Retired Americans Community Advocacy Network, Jo Etta's professional skills have translated seamlessly into developing Alliance activists into leaders through trainings as well as forming community alliances. When Jo Etta began her career in banking, few women were found in management. She found herself advocating for equal pay while working in the executive offices at American Savings Bank.
Jo Etta was appointed to the Mayors Council under Mayor Bradley in Los Angeles where she conducted community block grant funding and urban development projects. She has testified before the United States Congress regarding Affordable Housing and Urban Development and had her work in the area of affordable housing referenced in the “Lending and Diversity” handbook used in the USC School of Business Management.
Jo Etta also assisted with the creation of a community-based bank and helped to write over 275 business plans resulting in over $10 million in loans for small businesses. She served as the Governor of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Desert Coast Region, which services 62 clubs and over 2900 members and works to improve the lives of women and girls. Most recently, as a Douglas County Planning Commissioner, she helped to determine age standards for seniors, resulting in the first affordable housing project for seniors in the area.
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