June 30, 2003
Southeast Regional Director Sam D. Hamilton has named Jacquelyn Parrish as the new Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Budget and Administration in the Southeast Region of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. Parrish has served in the federal government for 22 years and comes to the Service from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she has worked since 1998.
Parrish oversees all Regional Office administrative divisions including Contracting and General Services, Human Resources, Budget and Finance, Diversity and Civil Rights, Engineering, Information Technology, and Safety and Occupational Health; and the coordinators for Geographic Information Systems and Strategic Planning and Communications.
"Ms. Parrish has a wealth of management experience in all areas so essential to a successful and economically run government agency," said Hamilton. "We are excited to welcome her as a member of our Regional management team."
In her most recent position as the Associate Director for Management and Operations in the Public Health Practice Program Office at CDC, Parrish implemented a new budget planning process that allowed managers to link resources to program outcomes. She also oversaw management and operation support functions for a staff of more than 300 people in Atlanta and more than 20 field offices nationwide. In addition, Parrish served as the primary advisor to the Director and senior managers on planning and policy development and legislative strategies. One of her most significant accomplishments was mentoring several people on the program's administrative and budget staff. From March 1998, until August 2000, Parrish served as Associate Director for Policy, Planning, and Legislation at CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
"While working at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta and serving in Washington has been exciting, I am very excited about coming to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and getting a little closer to the front lines of public service," said Parrish. "My goal is to work with my staff to provide the best possible budget and administrative service to the Region."
In her federal career, Parrish has worked for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, D.C.; the Department of Defense; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the Department of the Navy. From 1995, until March 1998, she served at OMB as a Policy Analyst, responsible for such programs as the Department of Energy Environmental Management Program and the Department of Defense Military Construction Program. From 1993 until 1995, Parrish worked at both EPA and the Department of Defense as Base Closure Coordinator, helping the military departments expedite environmental clean-up at bases that were being closed. Her federal career began at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1981. Following her graduation from the Naval Academy in 1985 with a bachelors degree in chemistry, Parrish served as a naval officer for six years, working as an Administrative Officer, Public Works Officer, and Civil Engineer.
Parrish was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was a policeman. She spent her childhood in rural Maryland. In 1981, She graduated from West Florence High School in Florence, South Carolina. She and her husband, Scott, an Account Manager for Husky Foundations in Suwanee, have three children - - Grace, Sarah, and Daniel. They all enjoy sports, and Parrish has been involved as a coach and volunteer for her daughter's soccer and basketball teams. She is also actively involved in church and PTA activities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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