Parker McMullen Bushman
2022 President's Award Recipient
Parker McMullen Bushman (she/they) is a Social Justice Activist, Anti-Racism Educator, Environmentalist, Speaker, Artist, and Business Owner. Parker’s background in the non-profit leadership, conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation fields spans over 24+ years. Her interest in justice, accessibility, and equity issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in environmental organizations and green spaces. Parker tackles these complex issues by addressing them through head on activism and education. As the CEO and Founder of Ecoinclusive, Parker has worked with non-profits and environmental entities to build culturally diverse and culturally competent organizations that are representative of the populations that they seek to reach and serve. She also co-founded Inclusive Journeys, a tech company working to identify safe and welcoming spaces for all, and is the creator of KWEEN (Keep Widening Environmental Engagement Narratives) WERK and Summit for Action.
Parker brings a unique background to this work having served in top leadership for Marine Science, Environmental Education, and Cultural Interpretive Facilities. Parker served as the Vice President for Community Engagement, Education and Inclusion at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO. She also served as the Director of Education for the Marine Science Consortium, a research and education center located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Parker has a Master of Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, with a focus in Interpretation and Environmental Education.
Parker is a member of several committees that focus on diversity in environmental fields as well as a presenter and trainer on diversity issues. She sits on the board of Environmental Learning for Kids, the Next 100 Coalition and the National Association for Interpretation. Parker is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Trainer.