Jerrie Merritt Joins Board of Directors of Accion Serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico & Texas


Las Vegas, NV (April 2, 2019) – Accion, a nationally recognized, regional nonprofit lending organization, recently announced that Jerrie Merritt has been elected to the organization’s board of directors.


Jerrie Merritt serves as senior vice president and community development manager for Bank of Nevada. Her banking career spans more than 35 years. Merritt’s responsibilities include the progression and coordination of all community development activities, as well as liaison responsibilities with state and local agencies, nonprofit development groups, and other participants in community and economic development programs and projects. Her primary focus is to strengthen existing client relationships and building strong community partnerships.


“I am thrilled to be joining Accion as a board member to help small businesses grow, especially right here in Nevada,” said Merritt. “I’m very much looking forward to supporting Accion’s efforts in empowering entrepreneurs and creating access to capital.”


“We are honored to have Jerrie Merritt join our board,” said president and CEO of Accion, Anne Haines. “Jerrie is a champion for small business and an outstanding community leader. I’m delighted to have her expertise in helping advance Accion’s mission of supporting underserved entrepreneurs across our region.”


With a spirit of excellence, Merritt currently lends her experience and expertise to the board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce, The Links Inc., Coalition of 100 Black Women, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Help of Southern Nevada, American Business Women Association, Workforce Connections, and Trustee Board for The Champions Center Church.


Merritt has been recognized for her skillful leadership, performance and contributions to the financial arena. She was awarded the Women of Distinction Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was featured as an Interesting Personality in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who In Black Las Vegas™ and chosen as a Woman to Watch in 2016 by Vegas Inc. She has been married for 43 years and has one son.


Merritt is joined on Accion’s Board of Directors by the following business leaders: Betty Carter Arkell, partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Michelle Coons, senior vice president/regional president, Washington Federal Inc.; Edmond Johnson, president and CEO, Premier Manufacturing, Inc.; Greg Levenson, president and CEO of Southwest Capital Bank; Clarence McAllister, CEO of Fortis Networks; Yashoda Naidoo, president and owner of Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café Restaurants; Bill Ridenour, attorney of counsel with Fennemore Craig, P.C. and Gail Warrior, CEO of CASPR Group.




About Accion Serving Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas
Founded in 1994 and serving the five-state region of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, Accion has provided over 14,171 loans totaling more than $142 million to fuel the growth of 9,252 businesses in our region. These businesses support an estimated 19,780 jobs. For more information visit or call 1-800-508-7624. A nationwide network of lenders with deep community roots, Accion creates economic opportunity by partnering with small business owners to provide access to the capital and business support they need to create and grow healthy enterprises and contribute to thriving local economies. Since 1991, Accion has provided more than 67,000 loans totaling over $600 million to small businesses across the country. Accion provides business advising and training services – both in person and through online educational resources – to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs each year. For more information on Accion small business loans in the United States, please visit