Founder and president of CURE
Star Parker Bio
Star Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a Washington D.C. based Public Policy Institute that fights poverty and restores dignity through messages of faith, freedom and personal responsibility.
Star consulted on federal Welfare Reform in the mid-90s and then founded UrbanCure to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America's poor from government dependency. In 1996, she was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention.
Today, Star regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty.
Her organization UrbanCure has three programs:
A Policy Program that works directly with the White House and the Congress on Welfare Policy ideas;
A Media Program that includes rapid response and the daily news blog, blackcommunitynews.com;
And a Clergy Program that umbrellas a national network of more than 850 clergy who serve in various hard-hit zip codes around the country.
In 2017, Star joined the White House Opportunity Initiative advisory team to share ideas on how to best fix our nation's most distressed zip codes.
In 2018, she was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the U.S. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.
Star has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and International Business from Woodbury University and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work on public policy issues.
Many of national acclaim would agree that Star Parker has established herself as a thoughtful and energetic leader in Washington D.C. - and her CURE advisory board includes folks of note such as Generals John Ashcroft and Ed Meese; Drs. Marvin Olasky, George Gilder and Walter E. Williams.
In 2016, CPAC honored her with the "Ronald Reagan Foot Soldier of the Year"; In 2017 Star was the recipient of the Groundswell Impact Award; and in 2018, Bott Radio Network presented Star with its prestigious Queen Esther Award, and nominated her to the National Religious Broadcaster Board of Directors. Star is also on the Board of Directors at the Leadership Institute.
To date, Star Parker has spoken on more than 225 college campuses, including Harvard, Berkeley, Emory, Liberty, Franciscan, UCLA, and UVA.
She has authored several books; is a regular commentator on national television and radio networks including the BBC, EWTN, and FOX News; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators, which carries in some of the largest newspapers and news websites in the country, reaching 8 million readers weekly.