Monica Parker joins Rainier Scholars as new associate executive director

Monica R. Parker joins Rainier Scholars as the new associate executive director. She has special expertise in professional and leadership development, design and implementation of strategic initiatives, adult learning and executive coaching.

Parker brings over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits, law firms, corporations, educational institutions and government agencies in the U.S. and overseas.

“I am delighted to join an organization that has such a deep and meaningful impact on the lives of children of color, their families and our communities,” said Parker in a press release. “What touched my heart is the energy and talent of the scholars as they go through this incredible 12-year-journey to create lives of leadership, impact and fulfillment. I am honored to support the talented and passionate leadership team at Rainier Scholars in our mission to help level the playing field for underrepresented students of color.”

Parker, a graduate of Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, GA, earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College. A former practicing lawyer, she served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching communication and negotiation and was also a member of the teaching team for the Harvard Negotiation Institute. Prior to joining Rainier Scholars, she was the Senior Manager of Professional Development & Training at Davis Wright Tremaine, an international law firm.

“We are thrilled to have Monica join our team,” said Sarah Smith, executive director, in the release. “She brings an incredible range of skills and expertise to the position. Monica is a collaborative leader with a strong commitment to creating greater access and opportunity for low-income students of color. She appreciates first-hand the value of a high-quality education and is deeply committed to our mission of making this pathway possible for our scholars as well.”