Kathleen Parks is Vice President of Academic Research Business Development, for the Academic Research Centers, a research and training program associated with the University of Chicago faculty.
Parks professional career includes facilitation of the intellectual and programmatic activities of the Population Research Center and the Center on Aging. For these programs, she developed institutional grant proposals and managed associated activities, including a weekly research seminar series. She also planned and oversaw national conferences and acted as liaison among the many constituencies of the Center and provided collaboration to NORC’s financial management staff regarding Center budgets.
Parks's professional experience also includes more than fifteen years as an arts administrator and program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was affiliated with the Elvehjem Museum of Art and the School of Music. There, she wrote successful grant applications to the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum Services, Wisconsin Arts Board, and other cultural arts organizations and foundations. In addition, she was involved in the establishment of the Sunday Afternoon Live at the Elvehjem, a program that brought musicians into a museum setting for an afternoon concert. Ms. Parks designed and managed an arts education program, raised funds to support arts research and programming, engaged in outreach and public information, and established a small local arts program that brought poetry, theatre and the visual arts to low-income children in public housing projects.