Jean Parkinson-Irving


Outreach DirectorSecretary of the Board

Jean Parkinson-Irving worked for the U.S. Secret Service for 31 years (1976-2007). During that time, she held a number of positions while rising through the organization – program analyst, employee development specialist, director’s speechwriter/senior writer-editor, and staff assistant to the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations (OPO). In this last position, Ms. Parkinson-Irving was responsible for preparing and reviewing documentation, especially that for budget submissions, responses to Congressional inquiries, and requests for materials related to legal matters involving the OPO. She was also the OPO contact point for all activity associated with the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Ms. Parkinson-Irving transferred to DHS’ Office of Security, serving as the Policy Advisor to the Chief Security Officer from August 2007 – December 2010. Her duties there included: reviewing and approving all documents and correspondence being prepared by the office so that the issuance of consistent security policy was assured. It was also her division’s responsibility to ensure that intelligence community regulations and guidelines were followed. In addition, her division created directives to be implemented department-wide.

After a 35-year federal government career, Ms. Parkinson-Irving retired and became a consultant for various private sector clients.

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