Ronnie Parker has been a resident of Virginia since 2009 through his military service in the United States Navy. Ronnie first attended college at East Carolina University majoring in Hospitality Management. Ronnie went on to attend Regent University majoring in Business Management and finishing with a Master’s of Public Administration.
After his military service, Ronnie became a Team Supervisor for the American Red Cross running blood operations and drives in several cities and multiple states. After the Red Cross, Ronnie went on to serve as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber while simultaneously serving as the Administrative Officer of the Hampton Roads Military Advisory Council and the Executive Director of RVA-757 Connects (formerly known as RVA-Hampton Roads Megaregion Collaborative). In these roles, Ronnie helped bring military and business leaders together to better serve the active and veteran military community while also creating partnerships between Richmond and Hampton Roads for megaregion economic awareness and prosperity.
Ronnie currently serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer where he works to help businesses understand the importance of investing in and creating initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion. Ronnie also works with the Chamber’s DEI Committee to provide programming, resources and guidelines for organizations that look to implement diverse and equitable initiatives. Ronnie is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, served on the Volunteer Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Awards committee and has multiple awards and certifications through Dale Carnegie.
Ronnie resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Michelle and twin children Ronnie and Isabella.