Elizabeth "Eli" Pollard, Executive Director
Kathleen Jordan, Outreach Coordinator
Brittany Marti, Administrative Coordinator
Elizabeth "Eli" Pollard has been with the World Parkinson Coalition from its inception in 2004 and helped steer the organization, alongside world renowned Parkinsonologist and WPC founder, Dr. Stanley Fahn. Together they worked to grow WPC Inc. from its sole purpose, of hosting a triennial global Congress on Parkinson's disease, to its more meaningful place in the community today, as a hub for many of the global PD organizations to connect and intersect online, on teleconferences, or in person at the Congresses. Eli is thrilled with the opportunity to meet the members of the community, to help build the WPC Legacy, and to watch as leading researchers, clinicians, people with Parkinson's and others work together to bring us closer to finding the cause(s) of Parkinson's and a cure for the disease.
Eli graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree, and the School for International Training with a Master's degree in International & Intercultural Management. She spent most of her 20s living outside the US in Zimbabwe, Switzerland, and Japan with lengthy stays for research or travel in India, China, and Thailand. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two rambunctious children who keep her on her toes when she's not knee deep in WPC work.
Read Eli's Huffington Post article about the WPC
Kathleen Jordan started at the World Parkinson Coalition in 2016 as an intern and had the pleasure of attending the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. Later that year she was hired as the Outreach Coordinator. Kathleen knows that connecting the PD community and building public awareness will improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Brooklyn College and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Before this she worked as a community organizer for issues ranging from accessible and affordable higher education to environmental justice.
Brittany Marti began working with the World Parkinson Coalition in January 2017. As a graduating Psychology major from Pace University, Brittany is passionate about working towards making a difference for the lives of people with Parkinson’s. She believes that increasing awareness and supporting research will allow for progress to be made towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Brittany will be obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Pace University this coming spring. She plans to continue her studies in Psychology by beginning graduate school and applying the knowledge that she gains from the World Parkinson Coalition to one day become a Clinical Psychologist herself.