August 19, 2022
Alliance Mourns the Death of Jo Etta Brown
Jo Etta Brown, who served as Alliance Executive Vice President from 2014 until this year, passed away on Saturday in Nevada after a long career of fighting for seniors and civil rights.
“Jo Etta was beloved not just for her commitment to social justice, but for her warmth and the way she touched everyone who interacted with her,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “She will be missed but we will always remember her kindness and dedication.”
Ms. Brown first joined the Nevada Alliance in 2007 after 30 years in community banking, urban development and affordable housing advocacy, bringing to the Alliance her experience fighting for more women in management roles. She led the Alliance’s Community Advocacy Network while serving as Executive Vice President.
In 2016 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed her to the Nevada Commission for Women, which studies the changing and developing roles of women in society and recommends proposed legislation. In 2020 Governor Steve Sisolak re-appointed her and made her Chair, and he re-appointed her as Chair in 2021.
At their national meeting in July, Alliance members adopted a resolution honoring Jo Etta’s work in transforming the lives of retirees in Nevada and across the country.