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Vicki Clarke Parker

Principal

Vicki Parker is a principal with Parker Poe Consulting and has more than 30 years of lobbying and consulting experience on both the state and national level.

Ms. Parker served as director of the political division for the Republican National Committee, managing a staff of more than 40 and coordinating all Republican races on the local, state, and national levels. In addition, she has experience in managing a national political campaign that carried the states in which she was the lead political operative. Her years in Washington, D.C., helped her develop lasting relationships on both sides of the aisle.

While at the Department of Energy, Ms. Parker served as deputy assistant secretary for the environment and was called to testify before Congress on topics such as nuclear plants, Brownfields, and environmental cleanup.

For five years, Ms. Parker served as vice president of governmental affairs for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully lobbied the General Assembly for issues impacting urban areas. In her role at the Chamber, she was responsible for all Chamber communications with city and county elected officials and their staff. She also formed what became known as the I-85 Upstate Alliance and coordinated all efforts with state elected officials, state agencies and the governor's office on behalf of the 10 upstate counties (at that time) participating in the Alliance. Her primary role for the Alliance was developing a legislative agenda and strategy to achieve the agenda for the entire group, including but not limited to bringing state dollars back to their individual cities and counties, developing and implementing an economic development plan, and increasing the group’s visibility and its ability to influence each of its respective legislative delegations.

A key success during her tenure with the Chamber was establishing a plan through legislation for additional funds from the Department of Transportation to be distributed to all counties for the purpose of maintaining roads and much needed infrastructure improvements for economic development purposes, as well as, improving the quality of life for the citizens of the upstate. This program – C-Funds – is still in effect today and has generated millions of dollars to improve infrastructure in all 46 counties. These new C-Fund dollars were instrumental in economic development victories in seven of the Alliance’s member counties. Developing and executing strategic plans – whether it be for corporations or local governments – remains a focus of Ms. Parker's role with her existing clients.

Featured Experience

  • Budgets bill
  • Broadband technology
  • Higher education, including research consortiums
  • Light rail
  • Fiber optics
  • Public utilities
  • Mass transit
  • Health care
  • Pharmaceuticals (AIDS prevention, cervical cancer prevention)
  • Home health & hospice care