Franklin R. Parker is the 18th United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASN M&RA). Prior to being appointed to this position, Parker was Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. Parker is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School, and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Parker received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale, a Juris Doctor from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
After law school, Parker started his legal career as an associate with the law firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. He later worked in the Palo Alto office of the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and the Washington D.C. office of Wiston and Strawn. In 2009 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the United States Navy where he served until his appointment as Chief Counsel for the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012. During his time at the Maritime Administration, Parker handled various issues such as intellectual property, cyber security, procurement fraud, ethical issues and personnel matters.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
A nomination for Parker to serve as a Vice Assistant Secretary of the Navy, under Juan M. Garcia III, was officially received by the United States Senate on March 26, 2015. He was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs on January 14, 2016 by President Barack Obama. Parker is responsible for Civilian Employees of the Department of Defense, personnel policy and the Marine Corps and Navy reserve programs.