State Senator Kevin S. Parker is committed to restoring the overall quality of life for the constituents of the 21st Senatorial District in Brooklyn. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Senator Parker has been a Flatbush resident for more than 31 years. Having been nurtured, schooled and employed in the district, Senator Parker is intimately familiar with the needs of this ethnically diverse community that consists of 311,000 constituents in several communities which include: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park. A product of the New York City Public School system, Senator Parker attended P.S. 193, Andries Hudde I.S. 240 and Midwood High School.
Elected to the New York State Senate in 2002, Senator Parker’s professional background reflects a wide range of public service and commitment to a better New York. As the Special Assistant to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, Senator Parker managed intergovernmental relations in New York City and was the liaison between the Comptroller and city, state and federal elected officials.
Before taking office, Senator Parker was a New York City Urban Fellow and also served as a Special Assistant to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger; Legislative Aide to former New York City Councilmember Una Clarke and Special Assistant to Assemblyman Nick Perry. As Project Manager with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, Senator Parker financed minority-and women-owned businesses and promoted community business redevelopment. Senator Parker worked at UBS PaineWebber on government affairs issues in the Chairman’s office working on broad issues of importance to the financial service industry.
In his first term in office he was selected as a prestigious fellow, a program that trains emerging state legislators from across the 50 states. In 2005, he participated in an intensive government course work with elected and other professionals of various fields from around the country at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the country to receive a Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Government. Senator Parker also currently sits on the New York State Blood Center Advisory Board.
For the 2010/11 legislative term, his committee assignments include: Energy & Telecom; Codes; Environmental Conservation; Finance; Higher Education; Insurance; Rules. He is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Former Majority Whip and First Vice Chair of the Association of Black, Puerto Rican & Asian Legislators.
Senator Parker is also a member of the New American Task Force. Senator Parker has been appointed Parliamentarian to the NY State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Incorporated, and most recently was appointed as the Democratic lead of the Joint Budget Committee on Environment, Agriculture and Housing.
Senator Parker’s commitment to his community is reflected in his leadership in civic organizations. He formed the New York Ready Emergency Preparedness Unit alongside other leaders within the community. He is the former 2nd Vice Chairman of the Board and chairperson of Community Board 17’s Education Committee; a member of the Community Service Society’s Associates program and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Community Crusade for Children. Most recently, Senator Parker was a member of the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York XI class where he examined public policy, budget and infrastructure, race relations, education and health care issues.
His commitment to education has taken Senator Parker into the classroom as a professor of both African-American Studies and Political Science at several colleges including: Baruch College – CUNY, SUNY-Old Westbury, John Jay College-CUNY, Medgar Evers College – CUNY, City College and Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. Overall, Senator Parker has done most of his teaching at Brooklyn College – CUNY, where he also was a faculty advisor to student organizations and activities. Senator Parker is currently an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College’s Center for Worker Education.
At Penn State where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Service, Senator Parker organized students to fight racism and encourage diversity at the University. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree from the New School for Social Research Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, and currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science at the CUNY’s Graduate School and University Center. He is also a member of the Alpha Chapter of the Pi Eta Honor Society.