Ted Thompson Selected as Parkinson’s Action Network CEO

(WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014) – Ronald H. Galowich, chair, and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Board of Directors announce that Ted Thompson has been selected as its next chief executive officer. He will start on September 8, 2014.

Ted brings with him more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations. Most recently he was the vice president of federal government relations for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president of public policy and mission advancement at the Minnesota chapter of the National MS Society. He also served as legislative counsel and director of federal legislation for the Minnesota Medical Association, focusing on health care reform, data privacy, and medical liability issues.

Ted also has a strong fundraising and development background through his several board positions. Currently, he serves as vice president of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition and is on the board of the American Brain Coalition where he is also chairing the Industry Interaction Task Force. He previously served as vice president of state initiatives for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research and on the boards of Resources for Child Caring, Stop the Silence, and the Washington County (MN) Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
“Ted brings with him a wealth of experience that makes him an excellent choice for PAN’s CEO,” said Galowich. “As the health policy landscape continues to evolve, PAN and the Parkinson’s community need an effective leader who will continue to ensure that the Parkinson’s voice is part of debates happening in Washington, DC. The PAN Board is confident that Ted is the person to do just that.”

Previous to his work in nonprofit policy, Ted worked on Capitol Hill for nine years. He served as chief of staff to Rep. Bill Luther (D-MN), and deputy district director for Rep. Gerry Sikorski (D-MN). He also ran for the state senate in Minnesota and while unsuccessful, the experience gives him another point of view in helping to shape policy.

Ted has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He and his wife have a daughter and two sons.


PAN is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. PAN was founded in 1991 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit www.ParkinsonsAction.org.

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