Conversations Contributors - Amy Comstock Rick
Amy Comstock Rick, J.D., Chief Executive Officer, Parkinson's Action Network
Amy Comstock Rick is Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), a Washington, D.C.‐based national Parkinson’s disease non‐profit advocating for better treatments and a cure. In this capacity, Ms. Rick works in partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and PAN’s powerful grassroots network to educate the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.
PAN serves as the voice of Parkinson's on numerous public policy issues affecting the Parkinson's community. In addition to continuing its work on NIH funding and research, the Parkinson's community is now a powerful voice on many crucial issues including Parkinson's‐specific programs at the Departments of Defense and Veteran's Affairs, FDA drug approval issues, HHS programs (Medicare and Social Security), and the continuing struggle to achieve research freedom for stem cell research. PAN is the leading voice for patient advocacy in Washington, D.C., working to bring much‐needed awareness to the public and lawmakers about the effects of Parkinson's disease.
As CEO of PAN, Ms. Rick currently serves as an officer or board member with several national coalitions and councils:
She is president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR),the nation's leading bipartisan pro‐cures coalition. Comprised of 100 nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, and foundations, CAMR’s advocacy and education outreach focuses on research toward developing better treatments and cures for individuals with life‐threatening illnesses and disorders. She served as president of CAMR, previously, from 2008‐2010 and has been a board member since 2004.
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 has served on the ABC’s Board of Directors since 2008.
Ms. Rick also sits 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. PAN has been an NHC member since 2010.
Ms. Rick is called upon frequently by the media and other organizations to speak about biomedical research, and the importance of strong federal funding and policy support. She has testified before several congressional committees and subcommittees, and in 2011 was honored as an Innovator by the Genetic Alliance for her work on the complex federal embryonic stem cell research policy.
Prior to joining the Parkinson’s Action Network, she served as the senate‐confirmed Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics from 2000‐2003, and served as Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office from1998‐2000. Ms. Rick began her federal service as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Education in 1988, ending her tenure there in 1998 as Assistant General Counsel for Ethics.
Ms. Rick began her professional career at the law firm of Beveridge &Diamond. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan.