Vicki Lee Parker currently serves as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Business Council (NCBC), a state-wide nonprofit business association with a mission to connect, empower, and influence business leaders to build a vibrant economy that benefits all North Carolinians.

Prior to joining NCBC, Vicki served five years as the Communications and Development Director at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund that provides small business loans to companies in underutilized markets. Through her fundraising initiatives, Vicki helped to secure more than $11 million in funding that was used to provide loans to hundreds of small businesses in local communities across North Carolina.

Vicki was also a business writer for the News & Observer in Raleigh for nine years, covering small business, technology, the mortgage crisis, manufacturing industry, and consumer finance issues. Vicki has also written for the Wall Street Journal covering commercial developments in major cities and Black Enterprise Magazine covering personal finance issues. She specializes in strategic business planning and program funding development.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for North Carolinians For Redistricting Reform, EarthshareNC, ArcBenders, and the Advisory Council of the Croatan Institute.

Vicki has an MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.