Ch. Will Jordan
Will Jordan is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council (EHOC), which works to ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation, and enforcement. EHOC was recognized in 2008 with HUD’s Blue Ribbon Award and by FOCUS St. Louis in 2003 with a “What’s Right with the Region” Award. Will personally was awarded the 2012 Missouri Commission on Human Rights Fair Housing Advocate Award and the 2005 Governor’s Human Rights Award from the State of Illinois. Will received his B.S. in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Before coming to EHOC, he served as Program Manager for the Emerson Park Development Corporation’s YouthBuild Program in East St. Louis, as Hearing Officer for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as Regional Trainer for the Missouri Division of Youth Services, and as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is a member of Stand for Children’s grassroots organizing initiative.
Marissa Cohen, MSW
Director of Education Outreach and Advocacy
Marissa joined EHOC as the Education Coordinator in 2019. Marissa obtained a BS degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Missouri Kansas City, then served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years. Immediately following the Peace Corps, Marissa studied at Washington University and acquired a Masters of Social Work in Domestic Social and Economic Development. Her studies focused on macro-level social work, specifically Housing and Nonprofit Management, where she received certificates in Nonprofit Management and Asset Management for Mixed-Income Housing Development through Neighborworks. Before beginning as the Education Coordinator at EHOC, Marissa supported the redevelopment efforts of Urban Strategies Inc. through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant by providing holistic support and programming geared towards the residents’ housing stability. In this role, she served as a Case Manager and also acted as a liaison to the property manager and other community resources. Outside of EHOC, Marissa Cohen works in various capacities assisting with a faith-based non-profit, Higher Ground Economic Development Corporation (HGEDC) which is committed to identifying affordable housing solutions in North County.