Amy 'Parker' Parker

Program manager, CMiST

To many positions I have held throughout my 20 year career, I have brought design where design never existed. I design based on instinct, intuition, and diligent research. Design-thinking dictates everything I do from marketing and promotions, to creating brands, to small-scale business development, to programmatic strategy.

Having followed the ‘science path’ in school, (BS, Biology, Bates College, ‘99), I am completely self-taught.  My lack of formal training allowed me to cultivate my innate creativity.

I intuitively know and understand good design and I am thoughtful and deliberate in my process. I am constantly learning. I devote time to researching design in all forms and for all industries.

I believe design is important not just for print or digital materials but, for programs, events, and organizational structure. When I create a ‘product’ be it promotional print material, a website, a service, or a symposium, I design it with the end-user in mind. I believe in the power and value of good design.



What is the best thing about where you grew up?

It’s hard to narrow down the best thing about growing up in Washington, DC, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the National Zoo.  It’s a great little zoo right in the middle of my favorite part of town.  And it’s free.  You can wander in for half an hour and see your favorite exhibit (the sea lions) or you can wander around all day and say hello to everyone. 

When you’re not working, what are you doing?

Swimming.  Currently, I swim with the Mercer Island Redwoods masters, though I compete with the Rose Bowl Masters based in Pasadena, CA.

What skill would you most like to develop for the zombie apocalypse?

Tracking.  For food and / or to find people I’ve (inevitably) been separated from.

Why do you want to work in DePaolo Lab?

I believe in the work our lab is doing and I like to be able to use my artistic talents and marketing skills to present it to the public.=

What is the most important message you’ve received from your gut vibes?

Years ago, I wanted to pick up and move to Boston.  I wanted to live somewhere else and Boston was only town where I knew a few people, and it’s not too far from home.  Not only was moving without a job a little scary, but there were some important things going on in DC that I didn’t want to leave.  It was a difficult decision, but I knew I had to go.  My “gut vibes” told me it was the right move, and that if I didn’t go then, I never would.  I think that one move was what gave me the courage to always keeping moving and never get (too) stuck.