Richard Parker


Richard Parker serves as the Vice President of External Affairs at Food for the Hungry, leading the advocacy, policy, and visibility efforts of the organization’s work in 20 countries to create resilient, flourishing communities. 

Prior to joining Food for the Hungry, Mr. Parker served as Assistant Administrator for Legislative & Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), having been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to manage the corporate brand and all public and congressional relations for the agency. He oversaw all external and internal communications efforts within the U.S. and globally with missions and offices in more than 100 countries. 

He was previously the Vice President of External Affairs at Project Concern International (PCI), leading its global brand and marketing strategies, media relationships, and online tools in 18 countries. He previously oversaw the communications teams for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the U.S. Peace Corps and served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he focused on international health issues, including the creation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Before his service in government, Mr. Parker worked in communications and marketing for the American Red Cross and Levi Strauss & Company. 

Mr. Parker serves as an Advisor to Concordia and on the Board of the C.S. Lewis Institute. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Regent University and a Bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University. 

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