Parker Baxter, JD, MPA

Scholar in Residence
Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis

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Primary Phone: 720-645-7652

Cell Phone: 720-203-0051

Office Hours: By appointment


Parker Baxter, JD, MPA, is Scholar in Residence and Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Parker has two decades of experience in education systems leadership and policy and has worked in a wide variety of roles, including as a district and state administrator, charter school authorizer, policy analyst and researcher, legislative counsel, youth advocate, attorney and teacher. Baxter served as Assistant Superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education, Director of Charter Schools for Denver Public Schools and as an aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Parker is also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where he previously served as Senior Legal Analyst working on the District-Charter Collaboration Compact Project and the Portfolio District Project. Parker has a Juris Doctor from New York University’s School of Law, a Master’s in Public Management and Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was a Dean’s Scholar, and a BA with honors in Classics-History-Politics from Colorado College.

Areas of Expertise

education systems leadership and policy

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Juris Doctor
New York University School of Law

Master's in Public Management and Policy
New York University Wagner School of Public Service

BA with honors in Classics-History-Politics
Colorado College

School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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