Born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, Parker always yearned to live in a dense walkable neighborhood with better transit access. He moved to Somerville Massachusetts to study at Tufts University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a Minor in Urban Studies. After graduating, Parker moved to New York City to work for the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a city agency that investigates complaints made against the New York City Police Department. While working at the CCRB, he interviewed hundreds of New Yorkers from all five boroughs, learning about more problems than just policing: housing, health care, and the archipelago of social programs intended to help people. Parker is committed to becoming an urban planner who focuses on intersectional solutions that benefit disadvantaged communities. He feels strongly that municipal government is uniquely positioned to have the greatest impact on people’s day-to-day lives. In his free time, you are likely to find Parker skating at the roller rink or swimming with friends in the Rockaways.