Meet Lori Parker


Lori Parker is a third-generation native Washingtonian and a proven DC leader and public servant, having served in all three branches of local government.  She is running for DC Council in Ward 1 to represent her community with integrity and experience, and will fight for a Ward 1 for All!

Lori has dedicated her career to improving the lives of children and families residing in the District of Columbia and uplifting the most vulnerable among us.  Her civic record confirms her strong commitment to the Ward and to consensus building and community-based leadership throughout the District.  She is running for the WARD 1 DC Council seat to represent – with integrity and experience – the entire Ward, where she has lived and owned a home for nearly two decades. 

For 11 years, Lori Parker, a member of both the DC and Maryland bars, served with distinction as a magistrate judge in the DC Superior Court. In this role, she presided over cases in the Family Court, the Domestic Violence Unit, and the Criminal Division. Prior to her judgeship, she was a senior advisor in former DC Mayor Anthony Williams’ administration, serving as the Mayor’s Liaison to the DC Superior Court Family Court; Interim Deputy for Children, Youth, Families and Elders; and as a member of the mayor’s Comprehensive Housing Task Force.  Earlier in her legal career, Lori served on the staff of the DC Council, as a Committee Clerk for the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary, and as Counsel to the Committee. 

Lori was an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Meridian Hill/Columbia Heights neighborhood where she currently resides (1B07), and before that, in Ward 4 (4B05).  One of her earliest engagements in the Meridian Hill/Columbia Heights community was her active membership in the “FROGS Play” (Friends of the Girard Street Playground), a committed and diverse group of community members who worked diligently with former local elected leadership on the design, funding, and development of what is now the Columbia Heights Recreation Center and Playground.  Lori is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and attends All Souls Church in Ward 1.  She is now also a supporting member of the Human Rights Campaign and Latino Victory Project, both headquartered in the District, and DC Women in Politics.