Mamie A. Parker is a moderator, a coach, and an environmental consultant. She spent almost 30 years working as a professional fish and wildlife biologist and senior executive at U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She also consulted for the Bureau of Land Management, Ducks Unlimited, National Conservation Leadership Institute, and the state of Maryland. After an early retirement, she became Founder and President of Ma Parker and Associates located near Washington, D.C. During her time in the Service, she worked at field stations and regional offices in La Crosse, Green Bay and Madison, Wisc.; Columbia, Mo, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. She also supervised National Wildlife Refuges in Ark., La. and Miss. as the Deputy Geographic Assistant Regional Director.
During the Clinton Administration, Parker made history when promoted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states headquarters near Amherst, Mass.– the first African American to hold this position in the history of the agency.
Good Housekeeping Magazine recognized her with a Women in Government Leadership Award and the Governor of Arkansas inducted her into the Arkansas Hall of Fame. She was also honored as the distinguished Alex Haley Lecturer and inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Parker has been recognized by many as an uncommon woman in many uncommon places and received numerous other awards, including the Ira Gabrielson Leadership Award for the most outstanding leader in the Service. She also received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award (top 3 percent of all federal government executives).
Parker is currently serving as an officer among the board of directors at the Chesapeake Conservancy.