As a lifetime Democrat and public servant, Greg Parks is committed to making city government transparent, accessible, and valuable for all Alexandrians.
Greg moved to Alexandria in 2013 with his husband David Lord and has been active in his adopted hometown ever since. He serves on the Economic Opportunities Commission, the Human Rights Commission, and the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee of the Alexandria City Council. He is a member of the Alexandria Bar Association, and the Arlington/Alexandria Gay Lesbian Alliance (AGLA). Greg has been active in the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC) since moving to Alexandria, serving as local counsel and coordinator for Voter Protection for the past several election cycles, and serving on the ADC Executive Board as Legal Counsel over the past two years. Whenever possible, Greg volunteers for Meals on Wheels and helps out his husband David with his volunteer work for Carpenters Shelter and Alexandria’s Commonwealth Baptist Church.
Greg attended the University of Nebraska on a National Merit Scholarship graduating in 1988 with a dual major in Political Science and History, while also completing minors in Economics, Speech Communication, and English. He attended American University, Washington College of Law, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. A life-long learner, Greg recently went back to school at George Washington University where he completed a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in 2018.
Greg served his country with distinction as a Federal civil servant for over 20 years. After graduating from law school, he served as an attorney for the United States Coast Guard, Office of the Judge Advocate General working on maritime safety and environmental protection. He went on to serve in progressively more senior legal and management positions with the Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the General Services Administration. After the attacks of 9/11, Greg was selected to serve on the White House transition planning team that worked to create the Department of Homeland Security by bringing together 23 separate agencies. Greg has also served as Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow, where he worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.
Most recently Greg served as Chief Counsel with the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals for eight years. As Chief Counsel, Greg oversaw and directed the full range of legal and operational functions of the Board. He managed a staff of professionals including lawyers, contracting officers, information technology specialists, and others. Greg successfully carried out responsibilities in areas as diverse as budget, strategic planning, procurement development and execution, and information technology design and operation. He also led the Board’s ethics program, ensuring the highest standards of ethics and professional responsibility were maintained at all times, and advised Board Judges on ethical questions and issues.
Greg was born in a small town in western Nebraska to parents who valued education, hard work, and always standing up for your neighbors when they needed it. Greg brings these principles to everything he does. Greg learned the importance of public service from a young age as the son of two state legislators—his grandfather served in the Colorado General Assembly and his mother in the Nebraska Senate. He is a life-long Democrat having begun his political education and involvement by “volunteering” at age ten to help his mother in her campaigns for school board and county clerk in his hometown. Greg later served as State President of the Nebraska Young Democrats (a distinction he shares with Alexandria City Council member Del Pepper!). He was a delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention, and has been both paid and volunteer staff for numerous Democratic candidates for local, State and National office.
From that first campaign to the present one, Greg has believed that government at all levels should be transparent in its policy deliberations, accessible to its citizens, and should provide value to enhance our lives. That’s why he has been involved his whole life. And that’s why he is a candidate today, because Alexandria deserves the best!