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NHTSA Leadership

Cynthia Parker

Chief Financial Officer

NHTSA Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Parker oversees the three divisions within the agency that are responsible for financial management, audits, acquisition services, and budget performance. Her team executes the agency’s more than $1 billion funding portfolio that supports NHTSA’s mission to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes. 

Parker has more than 30 years of public and private sector leadership in the areas of financial management, acquisition, cost, and economic analysis, including 20 years as an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. Most recently, Parker was the deputy director of the financial management and transit benefit programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the financial management and budget of the $181 million administrative working capital fund, $30 million direct and reimbursable salaries and expense fund, and oversight of a $400 million transit benefit and parking program.

Before joining DOT, Parker served as chief of the resource management division in the directorate of analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, where she provided financial oversight and advice to senior staff on the execution of DIA’s analytical programs, projects, and initiatives, totaling more than $400 million in combined base and supplemental funding across four intelligence programs. 

Parker received a bachelor’s degree in management from National-Louis University, and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.