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Former AGA head David Parker dies


May 22, 2020

David Parker, the former American Gas Association CEO who helped significantly grow the trade group’s profile, died May 10. He was 80.

A cause of death was not given but Parker’s family spoke with The Washington Post last year about his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The former CEO led AGA from 1997 to 2010. During that time he coordinated the group’s move from Virginia  to Washington, D.C., and raised its standing in both the nation’s capital and the association community.

“Dave was a thoughtful, strategic leader and a tireless advocate for the natural gas industry and the critical role of associations,” current AGA CEO Karen Harbert said in a statement. “He was beloved, respected and admired by AGA staff, both past and present, our members and all those who knew him. We have lost a true visionary who will never be forgotten."

Before joining AGA, Parker was president of The Aluminum Association for eight years. He managed public policy issues at the Edison Electric Institute for nine years, and spent 17 years in federal government roles.