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ADA Elects New President

Posted Jun 16 2008 at 1:43 PM
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Delegates to ADA’s 2008 National Convention elected Richard Parker, Harvard professor and biographer of ADA founder John Kenneth Galbraith, president of Americans for Democratic Action.

Richard Parker is Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School.  An economist by training, he is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Oxford University.  He has worked as an economist for the UNDP, as cofounder of Mother Jones Magazine, and as head of his own consulting firm, serving congressional clients, including Senators Kennedy, Glenn, Cranston, and McGovern, among others.  Parker has held Marshall, Rockefeller, Danforth, Goldsmith, and Bank of America Fellowships.  His books include: The Myth of the Middle Class, a study of U.S. income distribution; Mixed Signals: The Future of Global Television News; and the intellectual biography, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics.  His articles have appeared in numerous academic anthologies and journals and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Nation, Harper's, Le Monde, Atlantic Monthly, and International Economy, among others.

“We are delighted to have Professor Parker at the helm,” said ADA National Director Amy Isaacs.  “His appreciation for the history of ADA and our founding principles combined with his vast experience in modern communication makes him the perfect leader for ADA in the 21st Century.”

Parker is the 26th president of ADA, replacing Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) who served admirably for the last 6 years.  Past ADA presidents include Senator Hubert Humphrey, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, and Representatives Patsy T. Mink, Barney Frank, Charles Rangel, and John Lewis.

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