Deborah W. Brooks, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), will share the story behind her title with us on June 5, 2022.
Ms. Brooks launched MJFF with Michael J. Fox in 2000 and served as founding CEO until 2007. Since then, she served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, overseeing the fundraising and marketing functions of the organization. Ms. Brooks stepped back into the role of CEO in May 2021 to lead the Foundation to an even stronger and more influential position in the Parkinson’s community.
With a background in business and finance, she brings strategic leadership, business acumen and an entrepreneurial approach to the Foundation, which has grown rapidly from a start-up to the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research.
As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Brooks sets the strategic vision for the Foundation. She is supported in this effort by Executive Vice President, Research Strategy Todd Sherer, PhD, Deputy CEO, Head of Research Sohini Chowdhury and the Foundation’s executive team. Together they work to articulate and realize the vision of MJFF as an unprecedented stakeholder in drug development — a nimble, resourceful, patient-focused problem-solver whose efforts are demonstrably accelerating progress toward treatment breakthroughs and a cure.
Ms. Brooks started her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she spent nine years as vice president in the Fixed Income and Asset Management Divisions. She holds an AB in Economics from the College of William and Mary, an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and an MS in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University.