Nicole Parra’s story is the story of the Central Valley.
Parra’s paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States over 100 years ago from Mexico and settled in Kern County. Her maternal grandparents came from Spain to New Mexico in the 1880’s and finally settled in Kern County. Parra’s grandparents came for the same reasons so many immigrants still come to the Valley; they came to make a better life for their children. The families of the Valley have always found ways to move forward, to provide a better future for their children, and to contribute to their communities.
Parra was born and raised in Bakersfield and she has lived in Fresno, Kings, and Tulare counties. Parra’s values are the values of the Valley: hard work, self reliance, sacrifice, and community service.
Recognized for her work leading a team to create the Federal Interagency Task Force in the Central Valley and the San Joaquin Valley Partnership, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Parra to a high-level position within the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, based out of Fresno. A year later, Parra started her own company NMP Consulting. Her company provided clients in the Central Valley, strategic planning, government relations, and communication services.
Parra has been recognized over the years by her community and academic
institutions including the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by U.C. Berkeley in 2009 and 2017, and Parra was inducted into the first class of the Highland High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
In 2014, Parra was hired as an Adjunct Professor at California State University Bakersfield where she was an instructor for American Government and Politics course and a Civil Liberties course for two years. In 2016, Parra was hired as the campaign manager for the Measure J Campaign for the Kern Community College District, a $500M school bond that passed with a 2/3 vote. Bakersfield College received $415M for various improvement and construction projects across the campus including a Veterans Resource Center, a Campus Center, and updates to Memorial Stadium.
Currently, Parra is the State Government Affairs Manager for Marathon Petroleum Corporation where she works directly with representatives from the Legislative and Executive branches of government regarding energy policies and directs corporate sponsorships to statewide non-profits. She is proud to work on behalf of an industry that provides transportation fuels, (especially during Covid-19) to ensure essential services/products are delivered to first responders, local governments, small businesses, schools, and our California families.