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.
314-534-5800 Ext. 7018
Elisabeth Risch, MSW
Elisabeth Risch is the Assistant Director. She joined EHOC in 2009 as a full-time volunteer through the Mennonite Voluntary Serviceand subsequently became a full-time employee. She oversees EHOC’s education and outreach activities, and works on policy advocacy and research on fair housing and fair lending issues. She helped found and is the Co-Chair of the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA), a coalition working with banks to increase investment in low- and moderate-income communities and in communities of color. She graduated from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a B.A. in Sociology and International Development Studies and completed her M.S.W. at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, where she concentrated on policy and social and economic development.
314-534-5800 Ext. 7012