Opportunity Fund Welcomes Parker Hudnut to Board of Directors

Parker Hudnut has been elected to serve on Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors. “We are excited to welcome Parker to our Board, especially as our first member representing Southern California,” said interim and incoming Board Chair Greg Avis. “Last year, half of Opportunity Fund’s small business investments were in Southern California. Parker’s addition to our Board will be a huge asset to Opportunity Fund as we grow in that region and deepen our commitment to greater California.”

Since 2014, Parker served on Opportunity Fund’s Southern California Regional Board, and he now looks forward to joining the Board of Directors. “Opportunity Fund allows entrepreneurs to realize their American Dream. How could I not do everything to support them?” said Parker.

Parker is currently the CEO of ICEF Public Schools, a charter management organization operating nine schools educating 3500 students in South Los Angeles. In his time with ICEF, he guided them from bankruptcy to financial strength, raised millions of dollars to support educational goals, and refocused organizational attention on instructional excellence.

Prior to joining at ICEF, Parker was responsible for supporting and holding accountable a portfolio of over 200 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District that educated over 100,000 students. Parker and his team also oversaw the implementation of the District’s Public School Choice Resolution, a competitive public process that annually transformed low performing schools with tens of thousands of students into more effective, highly accountable schools focused on student achievement.

Previously, Parker was the founding COO/CFO for Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a Los Angeles based network of public charter schools serving 7,000 grade 6-12 students in some the most socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods of the region. He was responsible for finance & accounting, technology, facility development & operations, human resources and many strategic partnerships.

Parker holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, where he was a Leadership Fellow and received a Morgenthau fellowship for dedication to public service. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia. Parker spent two years as a resident with the Broad Residency in Urban Education and two years as an Aspen-Pahara fellow. Parker is an active member of the Los Angeles Young Presidents’ Organization – Bel Air Chapter. Parker is married with two daughters.