The Slade Gorton International Policy Center,
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
As President of the Slade Gorton International Policy Center at NBR, Mariana Parks directs the long-term strategic planning, development and programs of the Center, with a particular focus on the Global Leaders Fellows and Mentorship Program to train the next generation’s leaders in Senator Gorton’s principled and bipartisan approach to complex policy issues.
Ms. Parks joined the Center after having served on the Gorton Center Advisory Board since its founding in 2010. She served as Senator Gorton’s deputy state director and speechwriter during his second term as a U.S. Senator. She also cofounded and served as president of the Gorton Legacy Group, a nonprofit corporation created to carry on Senator Slade Gorton's legacy of providing access, opportunity, and mentorship to young people interested in politics and public affairs.
Ms. Parks has been CEO of her own strategic communications company, providing a broad range of services to corporate, political, and nonprofit clients and specializing in matters of public policy and media. Her background includes working for Microsoft’s Government Affairs Division. She has also served as vice president at the Washington Institute for Policy Studies (now the Washington Policy Center), a media-affairs columnist for local and national publications, district director for Congressman Dave Reichert, and curriculum specialist for computers at the University of Washington Extension.
In addition to her professional work, Ms. Parks has served on several nonprofit boards, including TVW, Invintus Corporation, Discovery Institute, Washington News Council, Seattle CityClub, Leadership Tomorrow, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, and the Roanoke Conference. She is co-leader of Special K, an organization for public- and private-sector leaders from King County’s Eastside.
Ms. Parks graduated from the International School of Brussels and holds BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband live on Mercer Island.