Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. CURE’s mission is “to fight poverty and restore dignity through the message of faith, freedom and personal responsibility.”
Before involvement in social activism, Parker had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. After consulting on federal Welfare Reform in the mid-90s, she founded CURE to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency.
Parker regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty; she has spoken on more than 190 colleges and universities about anti-poverty initiatives; has authored several books; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.
CURE’s advisory board includes folks of note such as Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Ed Meese; Doctors Ben Carson, Robert P. George, George Gilder, Marvin Olasky and Walter E. Williams.