Amy Comstock Rick
CEO, Parkinson’s Action Network
Amy Comstock Rick is CEO of Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). PAN’s national advocacy network educates the public and lawmakers about the effects of Parkinson's disease and the need for federal research funding and policy support for the 500,000 – 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.
Rick has testified before several congressional committees and subcommittees and in 2011 was honored as an Innovator by the Genetic Alliance for her work on federal embryonic stem cell research policy.
As CEO of PAN, Ms. Rick currently serves as an officer or board member with several national coalitions and councils. She serves on the National Neurological Disorders and Stroke Advisory Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH. She serves as Treasurer for the American Brain Coalition (ABC), a national non-profit organization comprised of some of the United States’ leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient organizations that, together, seek to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Health Council, a national non-profit that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Ms. Rick also sits on the Board of Directors for Research!America, the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. She also served as president and board member for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, a national leading bipartisan pro-cures coalition comprised of 100 nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, and foundations that successfully accomplished its mission and dissolved in early 2013.
Prior to joining PAN, Amy was the U.S. Senate-confirmed Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics from 2000-2003, and Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office from 1998-2000. She began her federal service in 1988 as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Education, and left in 1998 as Assistant General Counsel for Ethics. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan.