Advisory Board Member
Margot Zobel was born in Germany during the Hitler era. She was one of the lucky ones; her parents were able to book passage to Bolivia when Margot was two years old. They lived there for seven years, all the while dreaming of living in the USA. The dream finally came true. Margot and her family settled in Baltimore for the next seven years, then moved to New York City, where she attended Barnard College and majored in philosophy.
After trying a number of jobs and careers, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Margot set herself up as a computer consultant and programmer. A few years later, she was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. She become involved with Parkinsons issues, and, with some very dedicated people, founded the Parkinsons Parkinson Alliance in 1994. Three years later she gave up her business to devote full time to serving as president of the Walk.
During much of her life, Margot has been involved in social or political movements: civil rights, election politics, ecological issues, etc. What she does now is different only because the struggle affects her so personally.
She hopes to see the day when Parkinsons can be cured. In the meantime, she gets strength and encouragement from her loving daughter and small circle of caring friends.