Ecologist, Facilitator and Transformational Speaker
First African American Head of Fisheries and Former Chief of Staff and Northeast Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Parker worked for almost 30 years at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as a fisheries biologist and then as one of FWS’s Assistant Directors where she provided oversight to a $250 million budget, 2,400 employees, 300 field stations and led the agency’s habitat conservation program. This included the Partners for Fish and Wildlife and the Coastal restoration programs. She was the agency’s first female and African American regional director in New England and head of Fisheries in this country. As a pioneer in her field, Dr. Parker is becoming a renowned speaker sharing her story and her vision for the future of conservation with audiences across the country.