Director of Development
After earning her degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership, Bridget was already well versed in the philosophical and practical aspects of school life. Her mother was an office manager for a large public elementary school and her father co-founded an independent arts and academics middle and high school in the greater Seattle area, so family life often revolved around school life.
Bridget’s first initiative on behalf of a school came early, when she responded to her high school’s lack of outreach program to alumni by creating one. After college she was determined to make a career of helping nonprofits fulfill their missions through fundraising. Select organizations where she has held positions include: The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State School Directors’ Association, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, Exeter College, Oxford University, and the YWCA head office in Oxford, UK.
Ms. Parke’s stint at Oxford University coincided with her husband Jason Crabtree’s time as a Rhodes Scholar there, following his graduation from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Throughout her career, Ms. Parke has particularly enjoyed working with nonprofits related to the arts and education. Her attraction to Green Hedges comes in part from the School’s emphasis on the arts and its involvement with character development. An avid outdoorswoman, she has gone whitewater rafting and backpacking in Utah, rock climbing in Oregon and has kayaked in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the body of water dividing the United States from Canada in the Northwest. A devoted modern dancer, she also rode and showed horses from the age of five, and in college she was a member of the equestrian team.