Mamie A. Parker, PhD

Mamie A. Parker spent over 29 years working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Currently, she is the principal of Ma Parker and Associates, a public speaking, facilitation and executive coaching business in the Washington, D. C. area. After twenty years in the field, Dr. Parker was named the Special Assistant to the Director of the Service. Later, she was promoted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Service’s Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states, the first African American to hold this position in the 135-year history of the agency. Prior to this appointment in Massachusetts, she worked as a fish and wildlife biologist at the New London, Minnesota National Fish Hatchery; Genoa, Wisconsin National Fish Hatchery; the Green Bay, Wisconsin Ecological Services Field Office; Lake Mills National Fish Hatchery; the Columbia, Missouri Ecological Services Field Office; and the Minneapolis and Atlanta Regional Offices. Several years ago, she was appointed as the Service’s Assistant Director (FHC) in the nation’s capital with oversight of a $250 million budget, providing guidance to over 2400 employees and 300 field stations throughout the country in the Fisheries and Habitat Conservation program.

Dr. Parker has an extensive amount of experience on environmental impact analysis; surveying, sampling and monitoring; fish culture and health; invasive species and habitat restoration. She has worked as a biologist and led NEPA reviews; national Partners For Fish and Wildlife program; Contaminants Program; Fish Passage and Hydropower licenses; National Wetlands Inventory mapping program; Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permits, Marine Mammals Protection Act program; Coastal restoration and mapping program, and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. As Deputy Geographic Assistant Regional Director in the southeast and Regional Director in the northeast, she has supervised managers on numerous national wildlife refuges, Ecological Services offices and Fisheries field stations. During her tenure in the Washington Office, she served as the facilitator at the White House Conference on the Environment and received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award.

An Arkansas Hall of Famer, Dr. Parker has degrees in Biology (Fisheries) and Ecology and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin. She also received executive leadership training at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.