After 36 years, Keith S. Parker recently retired as the Assistant Vice Chancellor - Government & Community Relations at UCLA. He had been in this position since November 1998, with responsibilities for managing UCLA's interface with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels of government. Government & Community Relations is responsible for 22 members of Congress, 35 members of the California Legislature and 20 members of the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Additionally, Government & Community Relations (G&CR) is responsible for building positive relationships with community leaders and organizations throughout Greater Los Angeles, as a part of the Chancellor Gene Block's campus initiative on increasing UCLA's civic engagement. As a member of the UCLA External Affairs management team, Keith was responsible for providing leadership of the campus' advocacy efforts in conjunction with colleagues from Development, Alumni Relations and University Communications. Each year G&CR sponsors UCLA Advocacy Days in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C., in addition to participating in the UC wide Advocacy Day in Sacramento.
From 2006-2017, Keith served on the Chancellor's Workgroup that focused on African American enrollment and UCLA's relationship with the Los Angeles Black Community. He also was a member of the President Janet Napolitano's Advisory Committee on the African American Presence at UC. Keith also serves on the campus Academic Preparation and Educational Partnership Steering Committee that develops strategies for the recruitment, admission and retention of underrepresented students. In addition to serving on numerous campus and University of California committees and task forces, Keith provided leadership to the development of numerous advocacy and outreach efforts for the UC system.
Mr. Parker has been at UCLA since 1981, having served in a number of positions. He was a senior consultant in the Staff Affirmative Action Office from 1982-1993 when he was appointed as the campus Staff Affirmative Action Officer. In this role, Keith was responsible for campus affirmative action compliance, the resolution of complaints of discrimination in the workplace and the provision of training programs to help the organization effectively manage a diverse workplace. In 1995, he took on additional responsibilities as the Executive Officer for the Administrative Services division of the campus. In this role, Keith was responsible for the division's strategic planning process and the coordination of various inter divisional programmatic initiatives related to staff development, customer service and performance management.
Mr. Parker serves on numerous community and civic boards including 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, the Jackie Robinson Foundation - Los Angeles Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Business Council, the National Association of Women Owned Businesses - Los Angeles Chapter, the Los Angeles Family Housing Board, Regional Homelessness Advisory Council and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
Prior to coming to UCLA, Keith worked at the Minnesota Department of Education in the area of staff development training and was formerly an Instructor in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. Keith is an alumnus of Indiana University.