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James W. Parks II : President and CEO

James W. Parks II joined the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) in August of 1995 and has served as its chief executive officer since that time. Parks has full administrative responsibility for all aspects of the LPFA's activities, which include low-cost financing for hospitals, hospital equipment, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, manufacturing facilities, industrial construction, and economic development projects. Parks' position of President and CEO includes direct supervision of all aspects of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela), the student loan division of the LPFA.

Parks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Miami School Of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, where he was an editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He currently serves as Treasurer of the National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities (NAHEFFA) and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Parks is also on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN). He is a past President of the National Association of Higher Education Facilities Authorities (NAHEFA), a past member of the NAHEFA Board of Directors, and a past treasurer of the National Council of Health Facilities Finance Authorities.

Prior to coming to the LPFA, Parks specialized for over twelve (12) years in the areas of municipal and corporate finance for the law firms of McCollister & McCleary in Baton Rouge, and Foley & Judell, L.L.P. in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He is a member of the Louisiana and Florida bar associations, and is a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Parks and his wife Neil Ann have three children, Elizabeth, Helen and Jim.



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