Previous Diplomat in Residence Biography

Maurice S. Parker

Maurice S. Parker of California is a previous Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR), based at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) to provide information on career and internship opportunities at the Department of State.  From his base in Chicago, the Ambassador provides DIR services in five mid-western states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ambassador Parker is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Department of State.  His prior experience includes U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland from September 2007 – June 2009.  He served as Director of the Office of Employee Relations, Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State from July 2006 – July 2007.  From June 2005 – July 2006, the Ambassador also served as Director of the Foreign Service Assignments Division in the Bureau of Human Resources.  From August 2004 – March 2005, he was Director of Consular and International Programs at the Homeland Security Council, Executive Office of the President, at the White House.

From 2002 – 2004, Ambassador Parker served as Principal Officer and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  From 1998 – 2000, he was Consul General at U.S. Embassy Lagos, Nigeria.  From 1995 – 1998, he was Principal Officer and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain and simultaneously served as U.S. Representative to the Principality of Andorra.

His other overseas assignments included Mexico City, Mexico (1988 -1992); Edinburgh, Scotland (1984 -1988); Medellin, Colombia (1979-1981); Barranquilla, Colombia (1979); Madrid, Spain (1976-1978); and Georgetown, Guyana (1974-1976).

Ambassador Parker received his Bachelor in Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley, class of 1972; and a Masters (MA) in Education Administration at San Francisco State University in 1974.  He is a graduate of the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, class of 1993.  He also participated in the prestigious Senior Seminar of the Department of State from 2000 – 2001.