Before joining CALmatters, Marcia was Executive Director for Content for Penton Technology, overseeing a dozen news sites serving millions of business professionals and a thriving content marketing studio. She has consulted on content strategy for a variety of digital media companies and startups and serves as a mentor to several Silicon Valley start-ups and media start-ups at the Matter accelerator in San Francisco. She is also an adjunct lecturer on innovation at Northwestern University's San Francisco campus, and is an active member of the Online News Association. Marcia is also on the selection committee for the Stanford Knight Journalism Fellows.
A veteran digital journalist, Parker previously held leadership roles as Editorial Director for State, a global opinion network in London; West Coast Editorial Director for Patch, managing more than 150 California and Washington news sites for the AOL-owned network; Programming Director for AOL Small Business, and launch director for the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch state investigative unit. Parker also taught at and served for several years as Assistant Dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and for nearly a decade served on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has a master’s degree from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Recently, Marcia received the 2017 Jack Bates Distinguished Service to the California Press Award from the California Press Foundation.
Her sideline passions are mentoring, traveling and gardening.