AUSTIN, January 5, 2015 – Government relations and business advisory firm Longbow Partners today announced the addition of David D. Parker to the firm. Parker, most recently a vice president with AT&T in North Texas, will serve as a senior adviser to the diverse lobbying and strategic consulting firm.
A longtime registered lobbyist, regulatory advocate and local community leader with a strong presence in both Austin and North Texas, Parker will also serve as Longbow’s director of North Texas Operations, opening and leading the firm’s expansion office based in Fort Worth. In addition to his primary legislative responsibilities, he will provide counsel and representation to clients across all industries, and services such as business development, strategic public relations and organizational consulting to entities related to state and local advocacy efforts. The move allows Longbow Partners to immediately offer accessible local representation to North Texas clients while enhancing its services and coverage for its national client base.
“David’s addition to Longbow deepens our government relations bench, especially during the upcoming legislative session and we’re very pleased to have David leading our North Texas expansion,” said Longbow Partners Managing Partner Robert Peeler. “I have personally known David for over a decade allowing me to observe him lead major statewide public relations initiatives, skillfully advocate on the front lines before the Texas legislature and regulatory bodies, lead policy efforts for civic organizations and continually sharpen his business acumen which will help manage our growing firm.”
Most recently, Parker served as vice president of Legislative and Public Affairs for Fortune 11 company AT&T where he worked for almost 15 years and was a graduate of the company’s renowned Leadership Development Program. In this capacity, he represented the global corporation’s various departments and subsidiaries before all levels of government, advocating on a variety of state and local policy issues in Texas such as taxation, deregulation, utilities, real estate, licensing, economic incentives, consumer protections and environmental matters.
Parker is a 1999 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was an active member of the Corps of Cadets and the Ross Volunteer Company. He later earned a Master’s in Applied Economics from Southern Methodist University. Parker also completed an Executive Certification in Innovation from The London School of Economics and Public Policy. Additionally, Parker serves as an adjunct professor of Economics and Public Policy at various local colleges and universities.
Parker is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Texas, was recently named to the National Review Institute’s inaugural Texas Class of Fellows, serves as chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee and vice-chair of the Tarrant County College Foundation, received the Fort Worth Business Press’ prestigious “40 Under 40” award, and serves on numerous corporate and civic boards including the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Texas Wesleyan University and Texas Health Resources.
About Longbow Partners
Longbow Partners is an Austin, Texas based strategic consulting firm assisting businesses, organizations, and individuals through research, strategy, communications and advocacy. More than a traditional government affairs firm, Longbow offers experienced and creative advocacy, strategic consulting, program management, public outreach, business development and procurement services. Longbow’s diverse team of principals and consultants has experience in the practice of law, service in both the legislative and executive branches of government, as well as years of legal and advocacy experience in both corporate and trade association sectors, offering over 100 years of combined experience to their clients. To learn more about Longbow Partners, please click here.