Pat Brown, a native and life-long resident of Virginia, is the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley in Radford. Pat has been associated with this organization for 33 years five years as a member of its Board of Directors and 28 years as its Executive Director.
“Equal rights and social justice are things I’m very drawn to and am very passionate about,” Pat said of her life’s work with the Women’s Resource Center. “The world I envision is one where people of all genders and ages can live and work without threat of violence, either physical or sexual, and where the Women’s Resource Center no longer exists because it is not needed.”
During her 28 years as Executive Director, she completed two building projects from vision to funding to supervising the construction of 9,000 square feet that serves as an emergency shelter and 8,800 square feet that is the Women’s Resource Center’s crown jewel a transitional housing apartment complex that is home to eight families.
Locally, Pat served as a founding member and former president of the Council of Executive Directors of the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd Counties. She also served as a member and president of the Montgomery County Human Services Commission and is the founding President of the Housing Partnership for the New River Valley. She is a charter member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the New River Valley.
On the statewide level, Pat served on the Board of Directors of Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault for 13 years, serving on its Executive Committee for 12 of those years. She also was an active member of the Board of Directors of Virginians Against Domestic Violence and has served as Treasurer and on its Executive Committee. She has served on various statewide task forces including the Child Sexual Abuse Task Force, the Implementation of Virginia Victims Rights and the Statewide Task Force of Sexual Assault in Virginia.
Pat has received numerous awards for the selfless service she provides to the community. Some of those awards include the VAASA Vanguard Award for collaborative efforts in working on sexual assault issues in 2001, and in 2002, Pat received the North Star Peace Award from Virginians Against Domestic Violence. In 2005, Pat was recognized and honored by the Housing Partnership for the New River Valley for her years of service as President of the Partnership from 1998 2006.
Pat received the national Peace Award in 2008 from the Sunshine Lady Foundation for outstanding leadership in the Domestic Violence Field and she was also the recipient of the 2014 Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service Outstanding Victim Services Award.