Ian Parker, PhD

Senior Equity Associate

ian.parker@vanderbilt.edu

Ian is a Senior Equity Associate at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. In his role, he supports the early care and learning team in researching and reporting on policies that support equitable outcomes for young children and families.

Prior to this role, Ian was a first and third grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, a Georgia Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Sheltering Arms for Kids, and a Research and Policy Intern for Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. He was recently a research consultant for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. His teaching experiences influenced him to become a children’s book author.

Ian holds a BA in Business Administration/Accounting from Morehouse College and a MA in Teaching Early Childhood Education from Mercer University. He also earned a PhD in Education Administration and Policy and two graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research from the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia. When he is not working, Ian is an international/pro/college football fan (Go Dawgs) and home cook who likes to grill and smoke using natural lump charcoal and/or a variety of woods. When he is not working out and enjoying the food, music, and festivals Atlanta has to offer, he is (re)learning the ins-and-outs of golf, chess, piano, yoga, French, and the stock market.