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Edward Parkinson Biography

July 31, 2013

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FirstNet Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson

As the FirstNet Director of Government Affairs, Edward Parkinson is responsible for intergovernmental relations with local, state and federal organizations.

Previously, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including border security, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity and investigations into waste, fraud and abuse of government resources.

Previously Mr. Parksinon served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specializing in public policy.

Mr. Parkinson earned a BA and an Honors postgraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2012 he completed a Masters degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University with a focus on International Affairs.