Chad Parker

USDA Rural Development: Assistant Administrator, Telecommunication Programs

Chad Parker started work at USDA in 1991 with the Rural Electrification Administration. He has worked with USDA Rural Development for 27 years and presently serves as the Assistant Administrator, Telecommunication Programs. He is presently responsible for the ReConnect Program, Telecommunication Infrastructure Loan Program, Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, Community Connect, and the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. Chad Parker has previously administered USDA Rural Development’s Cooperative Programs; Business Programs; Single Family Housing Programs; and Community Facilities Programs.

Chad has also worked as pig farmer, bag boy, bell hop, printer’s assistant, welder, assistant mechanic, tree trimmer, and gravel pit water truck driver.

Chad holds a M.B.A. and a B.S. from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech. Chad has a wife and two sons, both presently students at Virginia Tech