Manager for the Laundry Division affiliate for more than 13 years.  In 1991, under UNITE! she was elected International Vice President and continues to serve in that capacity and as Civil Rights Director under the repositioned union Workers United.

In 1995, she was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, where she served for 10 years as a Vice President.

Brown’s tremendous commitment to her community and her fellow man is apparent through the many boards and organizations on which she currently serves, including America’s Agenda, the National Board of the NAACP (including chairing both the NAACP Image Awards Committee and co-chairing the Labor Ad-Hoc Committee).  She is a member of the United Nations Advisory Council, the Louis and Irene Simon Scholarship Fund, Executive Committee for the Workers Defense League, the Board of Governors for the United Way of the Tri-State, Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women, Inc, and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

Brown was appointed to the National Commission on Employment Policy by President Bill Clinton, and appointed a member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board by Governor George Pataki.

A graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, Brown has done post-graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C., Queens College and York University in New York City and is a lecturer at Cornell University. She consults regularly with Trinity College in Washington, D.C. on African American affairs.

Jim Boland

President, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers