About Brenda Pillors
The Program’s namesake, Brenda Pillors, was a pioneer in health policy and legislation, whose tireless efforts impacted public health domestically and internationally, bringing to the forefront and helping to reduce health disparities for communities of color, women and children, as well as for those marginalized by society. Prior to becoming Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) chief of staff, she served as legislative director for Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. During her career, she made significant contributions to the Ryan White CARE Act and the Student-Right-to-Know Act; led the founding of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation; and played a pivotal role in securing federal dollars for education, health care and cultural initiatives for Brooklyn. She died of asthma-related causes at age 52 in 2005.