Sallie Parks has been a resident of Pinellas County, FL for 56 years. A retired lobbyist and advocate for St. Petersburg College, she is a graduate of Central Michigan University and did her advance degree work at Michigan State University.
A consultant for not-for-profit organizations, she assists boards in Pinellas County and around the country. She served on the Pinellas County Board of County Commission for 8 years, chairman for 2. She served on the Board of Directors of Tampa Bay Water, the Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.
Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2006 to the Governing Board of the SW FL Water Management District. She was co-chair for the Pinellas-Anclote Basin Board and on the governing board of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the first executive director of the Pinellas County Arts Council and directed PR and marketing for Mease Health Care. She serves on the Area Agency on Aging Pasco-Pinellas (past president), is past president of the Palm Harbor Historical Society and vice-chair of the Clearwater Arts Alliance. She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Dunedin, is on the board of Directors, and its Foundation Board of Directors.
The founder of the PACE Pinellas Center for Girls, she has long been involved in juvenile justice issues. She chairs the Mease Manor Board of Trustees and is incoming chair of the 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Board of Directors. She is past chair for the Pinellas Community Foundation and serves on its Faith Mission committee. Sallie was awarded Governor Charlie Crist’s Point of Light Award 2010, received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Leadership Pinellas in 1997, and in March 2018 was recognized by the Girls Scouts of W Central Florida as 1 of 4 Women of Distinction for the Tampa Bay Area.