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Charles (Chuck) Parker

Operations Director

Professional Profile

Charles (Chuck) Parker is a Senior Director supporting several key operations within Tidal Basin’s Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Management (PREM) teams. With 15 years in the disaster management field, Chuck has served in a variety of emergency response roles. He recently served as Tidal Basin's director of Florida Vaccine Operations, supporting the Florida Division of Emergency Management's COVID-19 vaccine operations for the Florida population.

Before joining Tidal Basin, he served in South Florida with the American Red Cross for 10 years, the last three as the Regional Disaster Officer, leading a team of 16 paid staff and over 2,000 volunteers. He was the operations lead on a divisional response management deployment team and was deployed pre-landfall to several hurricanes. During his tenure at Red Cross, Parker worked on over 50 disaster relief operations, including over 30 hurricanes, multiple wildfires, tornadoes, multi-family fires, and mass casualty incidents, including the response to the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. He has 40 certifications from Red Cross and holds over 150 FEMA certifications, including PDS and APS designations.

Prior to Red Cross, Parker owned and operated his own home improvement business. Prior to that, he worked in operations management for over 17 years, 13 of which were with Gannett Co., Inc., where he worked his way up from a distribution center manager to a corporate executive.

Parker has over 40 years of supervisory and management experience and has worked with teams of up to 2,000 staff and budgets over $20 million. He has also presented at several conferences, including the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference.

Parker holds a BS degree in Public Administration: Emergency Management and Planning from Indian River State College in Florida, and graduated from the FEPA/FDEM Basic Academy in 2008.

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