Gary Parker

Associate Dean for External Affairs, Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Gary Parker, MSW, is the Associate Dean of External Affairs and Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining Washington University, Gary was Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work. He has held diverse government and public service positions, including Community Liaison to New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 5, and Director of Government and Community Affairs at New York University. An accomplished writer, he has published articles in academic journals as well as opinion pieces in mainstream publications, including in The New York Times. Gary has taught courses in community organizing, social welfare policy, and global social work practice as an adjunct lecturer. Gary brings a passion for social justice and racial equity to all of his work and continually seeks to put theory, his academic training, and his commitment to stakeholder collaboration into practice to affect positive social change.