GSO Seminar Series: Fulfilling our Collective Goals In a Divided World

Date and Time: 
12/07/2016 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Natural Resources - Rm 152



Mamie Parker, former chief of staff and head of fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Mamie A. Parker

Former Chief of Staff and Head of Fisheries

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A current board member of the Student Conservation Association, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy-Virginia Trustee, Dr. Mamie Parker is the former Chief of Staff and Assistant Director (FHC) at the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).  Prior to this position, she made history when appointed the first African American FWS Regional Director of the 13 Northeastern states.  Dr. Parker has an extensive amount of experience as a fish and wildlife biologist and an executive.  She worked in Genoa; La Crosse; Madison, and Lake Mills, Wisconsin; Columbia, Missouri; New London and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Atlanta, Georgia; Hadley, MA; and Washington, D.C.  She served as the NEPA coordinator and Ecosystem Coordinator in the Great Lakes and Big Rivers Region.  In addition, Parker has extensive experience in policy development and implementation in many programs, including the national fish hatcheries, national wetlands and coastal mapping, contaminants, invasive species, marine mammals, wetland restoration and protection programs among others.  The President of the United States presented Dr. Parker with the Presidential Rank award.  She recently appeared on the NPR’s Morning Edition, the Steve Harvey Show and featured in Dudley Edmundson’s Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places.  She is a coauthor with Michigan State University’s Dr. Bill Taylor and others in the American Fisheries Society’s most recently released book entitled The Future of Fisheries.  The Governor of Arkansas inducted her into the Arkansas Wildlife Hall of Fame.  The Council of World Women Leaders awarded her with an Aspen Institute fellowship.  In this capacity, she participated in an exchange program and gave speeches while visiting the Prime Minister cabinet members, legislators and the U. S. Ambassador in the Kingdom of Lesotho, in addition to various natural resource organizations and the Oprah Winfrey Academy in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Dr. Parker is Founder and CEO of Ma Parker and Associates in the Washington, D. C. area.  She is an efficiency environmental executive coach, facilitator, and public speaker with clients in agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Association, Ducks Unlimited and Maryland Department of Labor.  Parker leads “Wild STEM” workshops in conjunction with the Green Schools Alliance and other organizations.