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Graduate Jake Parker named director of government relations at SIA

NEWPORT, R.I. – Jake Parker, who earned a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina University, has been appointed director of government relations by The Security Industry Association (SIA).

Parker previously served for more than 12 years in various capacities on Capitol Hill, most recently working as legislative director for Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

“Jake’s constituent-oriented advocacy approach will provide SIA members with insightful information about emerging public policy issues impacting the government marketplace and various vertical markets,” said Don Erickson, SIA CEO. “As SIA advocates for SIA members before regulatory and legislative bodies, we will benefit from Jake’s ability to listen to the needs of members and translate that information into tangible results. He is widely recognized for his skills in understanding complex public policy issues, interpreting the federal appropriations process and following up quickly on stakeholder requests while bringing a serious and substantive approach to his responsibilities.”

In the coming months, SIA will weigh in on issues including chemical facility security,
school safety and security, border security, government acquisition procedures and others.

In addition to his degree from Salve Regina, Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Tennessee Temple University and a graduate diploma in national security studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 450 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry.

SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground(R) conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.