Mark A. Parks, Jr. currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, the city named by Forbes Magazine in 2014 as Florida’s #1 City for business and careers. Prior to his position as CFO of West Palm Beach, he served as the Chief Fiscal Officer for Cuyahoga County, County Treasurer, and County Controller. Cuyahoga County is one of the most populous counties in America. Parks was the first African American County Treasurer and Fiscal Officer in the history of the State of Ohio. In addition to his service to Cuyahoga County, Parks served as Council President and Finance Chair in Orange Village, Ohio and as the President and CEO of MarCon Consulting, a financial advisory firm.
Parks has served as a financial expert for the Cleveland, Ohio CBS affiliate WOIO and has been an award winning Toastmasters’ speaker. Parks received the Dr. David C. Sweet “Distinguished Elected Official Award” from the Levin College of Urban Affairs, a Brotherhood award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a Black History Award from the Cuyahoga Faith Center, and the Community Good Works Award from the Urban League and the Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO).
Parks received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, double majoring in Business Administration and Political Science. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant, who has passed Series 6, 63, and 26 Securities Exams and Life and Health Insurance exams.
A Native of East Cleveland, Ohio, Mark is the husband of Connie and the father of Mark III and Charles.