David Parker leads the National Center for Advancing Research to Practice at ServeMinnesota, which includes research and development efforts, including new program design, program evaluation and innovation, and the development of robust data management systems. He has been part of the ServeMinnesota mission for more than 10 years. David has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, where he nurtured a passion for researching ways to help students develop strong reading and math skills. He and his team remain actively committed to demonstrating the unique contribution of AmeriCorps in advancing research to practice across various issue areas. He publishes frequently in top-tiered research journals, presents at national, state and local conferences, and has helped secure over $2 million for grant-funded research projects.