Edmund Parker, of Tucson, Arizona, has more than 30 years of management, development, and strategic long-term planning skills in the nonprofit sector. As President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Tucson and Southern Arizona from 1978 to 2010, Mr. Parker grew the non-profit’s annual revenue from $2 million to $20 million. In the process, he transformed the largest social service agency in the region into a results-based community building organization. Since 1976, Edmund B. Parker’s leadership in Tucson, Arizona, has resulted in contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations totaling more than $350 million.
In 2011 and 2012, Edmund Parker served as the Executive Director of Tucson, Arizona-based PEERS (Professional Employment Exploration & Resource Services). The nonprofit works to match skilled workers seeking employment with state employers in need of their services. Mr. Parker’s responsibilities included developing and managing strategic planning, coordinating the implementation and growth of the PEERS program, and overseeing both fundraising efforts and day-to-day operations. To make his vision for PEERS a reality, Mr. Parker set in motion a collaboration between the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, the PEERS committee, and the community.
Edmund Parker previously volunteered with University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) as the Foundation President, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the committee that led to the merger of UPH and University Medical Center into UA Healthcare (now the University of Arizona Health Network). Later, as a consultant, his responsibilities at UPH included collaborating with hospital administrators and department heads to make decisions regarding advocacy, philanthropy, and departmental integrations.
Edmund B. Parker, a native of New York State, earned his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Education, at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He holds a Master of Science in Education from Niagara University. He has held a number of board memberships and leadership roles, including Vice Chairman and Committee Chairman of the Workforce Investment Board, Past President of the Breakfast Club of Tucson, and Chairman of the Board of the VistaCare Hospice Foundation.