Executive Director, Common Ground USA
Parker leads Common Ground USA as its inaugural Executive Director. Parker brings to the role decades of experience in senior domestic and international positions dealing with conflict, poverty, and healthcare. Before joining CG USA, Parker served in a number of senior leadership positions. These include: Founder and Director of the Bridging Divides Initiative at Princeton University, Chief of Staff for the federal US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy/Acting Director of the Office of Transitional Initiatives at USAID, and Chief of Staff for the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. Parker also held policy, program, and research roles with Interpeace, The European Commission Elections Programs in Liberia, the Carter Center, IFES, and the Peace and Integration Boards of Aceh. She holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Political Polarization. Conflict Transformation. Trust in Government.