community development organizer
John Dempsey Parker does a lot of good in the world.
Formally he’s an independent community development consultant and organizer. That means that for the past twenty years, John has strengthened local economies and cultivated resilient and self-reliant community leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists. He’s a powerhouse, in his own gentle and deliberate way.
He nurtures culturally appropriate and cross-cultural collaborations, supporting people in their vocational journeys, and helps them discern how to share talents, gifts, relationships, and resources, and be advocates for a better world. He engages nonprofits, faith communities, funders, universities, entrepreneurs, tribes, and groups around their ideas, projects, and initiatives.
He’s just what we need to help us engage in a discussion about the role of food justice in the local food landscape.
John is a native from Moore County, North Carolina. He received a BA at Wake Forest University in anthropology, international relations, and politics, a MA in applied anthropology from the University of Memphis, a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. John Parker’s career has included directing Good Work (a community development collaborative) and the Triad Regional Office of Self-Help (a community development financial institution), teaching cultural and applied anthropology, ethnographic research, and a variety of work with small businesses, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations.
John serves on the boards of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, NC Community Development Initiative, UNC American Indian Center, StepUp NC, and Good Work. He is also co-administrator of the InSight Fund, a family donor-advised fund at Triangle Community Foundation.
John and his wife, Easter Maynard, live in Raleigh and have three children ages 11, 9, and 7.