U.S. Speaker Pelosi Names New Senior Staff, a FAMU grad
There’s a Rattler in the House; Parker Rose steps up
Washington, D.C. – When Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced three new senior staff members to her Speaker’s office in the nation’s capital, one of them was a Rattler who will be helping to make things happen in the House on The Hill.
Cheryl Parker Rose, senior advisor, will serve as Pelosi’s director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
“These three individuals bring impressive credentials and knowledge as well as national and state experience to the Speaker’s operations,” Pelosi said. “I look forward to working closely with each of them as we address the priorities of the American people.”
It was on another hill in Tallahassee that Parker Rose grew up: on the Southern side of the Florida A&M University campus, near the spot where the university’s new Recreation Center now sits. She obtained her early education in local schools before graduating with honors from Florida A&M University.
“Congress’ role in addressing the critical issues confronting our country has never been more significant,” Parker Rose said. “With Speaker Pelosi leading the way, Democrats are answering the American people’s call for a new direction.”
Parker Rose has broad experience in state government and at the federal level. She most recently served as a senior policy advisor to former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. She also worked on strategic initiatives for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she specialized in education, health care, and economic issues, according to Pelosi’s office.
From 2001 to 2005, Parker Rose was Counsel and Director of Policy for the Democratic Governors Association. She was also the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Education during the Clinton Administration. Before coming to Washington, Parker Rose worked in the Florida State Legislature.
She already has clear ideas about her new job, she says.
“I look forward to strengthening the partnership between the House and our country’s state and local elected officials so we may continue to work together to increase opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.”
Parker Rose, who now resides in Arlington, Va., also has a juris doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law.