Phillip Parkerson is a native southerner who grew up in the Deep South in Georgia, went to college at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina, and moved to San Francisco in 1988. After college he didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he knew he wanted to do whatever it was in the most liberal, gay-accepting place he could think of. After reading Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series, San Francisco beckoned him, and he heeded the call. In San Francisco he joined the Gay Men’s Chorus and immersed himself in the wonderful culture of the city. He started a career in financial services in 1990 and is currently the Director of Investment Operations and Principal for a large investment advisory firm headquartered in San Francisco.
A lifelong dream of becoming a father led him to become a co-parent with a close lesbian friend to two wonderful daughters born in 1995 and 2001. His oldest daughter was the second child born from the old gay/lesbian parenting group Prospective Queer Parents (PQP), which met in the 1990’s and was where he met the mother of his daughters. He originally joined the Our Family Coalition Board in the early 2000s, and served as Interim Executive Director of the organization in 2004, just prior to Judy Appel joining the organization. He is thrilled to join the Emeritus Board of Our Family Coalition to help support other LGBTQ families in the Bay Area and beyond.