Anita Parker

Director of Development

Anita Parker is a seasoned fundraising professional who has brought a broad development career and a track record of success in raising millions of dollars for BCAN.  She has established and driven area development and public relations programs spanning more than 25 years.

A native Washingtonian and a graduate of the University of Maryland, with experience in working with large and small non-profits, Anita has raised funds for the arts, minority higher education, disaster relief, and social service programs.  Her career has taken her to the John F. Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra, the United Negro College Fund, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. She has also gained experience in raising funds for and managing the Retired FBI Agent’s Association’s Foundation, and in developing fundraising programs with several association clients.

With experience in creating and executing strategic fundraising plans for multiple clients, Anita has generated support from corporations, foundations, and individual sources as well as direct mail, major donors, planned gifts, and special events. She has even directed an award-winning telethon.  Since bringing this wealth of experience to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network in 2016, she’s been successful at generating ever-increasing support toward education, advocacy and research for this important cause.  Throughout her career, Anita has updated her fundraising skills with classes, workshops, and trainings, including being accepted into the Minority Executive Training Program at Dartmouth College.  In her spare time, she enjoys singing, cooking, entertaining and traveling.  With an interest in health and fitness, she is also a certified health coach and an indoor cycling instructor.