Ted Thompson, JD
President and CEO
Ted Thompson, JD, is the president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit focused on federal policy issues affecting people with Parkinson’s disease. Ted has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government affairs, serving in several nonprofit leadership positions and as staff to two Members of Congress. He currently serves as an advisory board member for the Alliance for Connected Care and a board member for the American Brain Coalition. Prior to PAN, Ted was the vice president of federal government relations at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read more.
Jennifer Sheridan Palute, MPP
Director of Policy
Jennifer is responsible for developing and advancing policy issues important to the Parkinson’s community and oversees PAN’s government relations team. Jennifer joined PAN in July 2012 as the director of policy development. Most recently, she was the associate director, federal affairs at the Alzheimer’s Association, where she represented the federal policy priorities of the organization before Congress, federal agencies, and community stakeholders. Previously, Jennifer worked at PAN for four years as the senior government relations manager. Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a master’s of public policy degree from George Mason University. She is excited to be working with the Parkinson’s community!
Jamie Tucker, MPA
Senior Government Relations Manager
Jamie manages policy related issues for the Government Relations team, working closely with Congressional staff, federal agencies, and other government leaders to advance the policy priorities of the Parkinson’s community. Jamie joined PAN in May 2013 as the senior manager of government relations. Previously, he was the associate director of government relations for Independent Sector, where he represented the federal tax, budget, and health care priorities of the broader nonprofit community. Jamie received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is excited and honored to work with the Parkinson’s community.
Director of Development
Christopher comes to PAN with more than 25 years of experience in development and fundraising, particularly for health-related causes. He has a successful background in revenue generation, donor relations, and stewardship. In addition, Christopher has trained many Board and Chapter members on all aspects of development including direct mail, foundation/corporate outreach, individual donors (including major, monthly, and planned givers), and special events. Having a personal connection to the disease, Christopher is proud to be part of PAN and the fight against Parkinson’s.
Kate Monson brings a decade of experience as a media strategist, digital producer and designer to support and expand PAN’s communications initiatives across the country. With a background spanning politics, nonprofits, and healthcare technology, Kate’s unique perspective enables her to create effective, values-based communication strategies that engage and empower audiences across a variety of media. Kate received a master’s degree in religion from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a bachelor’s degree in religion from St. Olaf College. She is honored to be working with PAN to advocate for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.
Ted Thompson, JD