Yolanda “Cookie” Parker is an entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in the field of technology. Her areas of expertise include business process re-engineering and automation; software design, development, implementation and support; document management; disaster recovery; data security; SaaS applications; cloud computing; data integration; web portals; and HR compliance. Most recently, Parker was the Founder and President of KMS Software Company which created the first cloud-based software for onboarding employees for Human Resource Departments. KMS was acquired in 2013 by SAP.
After consulting for SAP post-acquisition of KMS Software, Parker started The Parker Group. The firm matches companies with the resources needed for their success, specifically in the areas of funding and business strategy. Some of the firm’s current projects and clients include power plants in Africa; a tech startup that has developed a social networking app called My Personal Red Zone (My PRZ) to mitigate sexual assaults on college campuses and in the military; and the redevelopment of South Los Angeles by turning it into a tech hub called “Silicon South”.
In April 2014 Ms. Parker was appointed to the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Along with her business and professional accomplishments, Parker serves on several non-profit Boards. In addition to being on the Board of the National Foster Youth Institute, Ms. Parker’s philanthropic activities include memberships on the Board of People for the American Way started by Norman Lear and dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American; VoteRiders, an organization focused on making sure that no eligible US citizen is denied his or her right to vote for lack of an ID; and Real Medicine Foundation, an international organization providing disaster relief, primary care clinics, malnutrition eradication outreach, and HIV/AIDS prevention. She is working with I Vote, an organization focused on encouraging young people to vote and to stay engaged politically. Ms. Parker has raised substantial funds for brain cancer research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and worked with Environment California and Environment America to produce a study presented at the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference. Ms. Parker also wrote an article in Employment Relations Today on why employers should hire veterans. She is on the Board of Advisors of View Park Conservancy, whose mission is to preserve the rich neighborhood heritage and legacy of View Park, CA. Parker is also a member of the Friends of Ebony Repertory Theater.
Ms. Parker is a political activist who served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee for both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns; was a National Co-Chair for Technology for Obama (T4O); was on the original finance team for Common Purpose Project; and was a DNC Presidential Partner. Parker is the Finance Chair for Congresswoman Karen Bass’ re-election, and helps raise for funds for progressive Presidential, House and Senatorial candidates.
An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist, Yolanda Parker is the wife of Fred Parker (retired Xerox) and the mother of Kevin Parker and Kim Parker. Ms. Parker received her BA and MA degrees from New York University in 1967 and 1968 respectively.