Kimberly C. Parker is a health care advocate and consultant who spent more than 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, including eight years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA). In both capacities, Ms. Parker managed the Members’ health portfolio, including legislative initiatives in the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to joining Gray Global Advisors, Ms. Parker was the Naperville-based Illinois Hospital Association’s Vice President for Federal Relations and she established and managed the Association’s Washington, D.C. office.
In 1993, Ms. Parker was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Congressional Liaison) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In that position, Ms. Parker managed the Congressional relations activity for the Department, including briefing members of the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate on HHS initiatives, policies and priorities, and staffing Presidential nominees through the Senate confirmation process. During that period, all of the Department’s Presidential appointees requiring confirmation were confirmed.
From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Parker was Director of PAC and Constituent Services for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, chaired by former Congressman Vic Fazio of California. During the 1992 election cycle, PAC contributions to Democratic incumbents, challengers, and open seat candidates for the House of Representatives surpassed all previous records.