Meet Celina Parker — one of the “30 under 30″ rising stars in Florida politics

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Celina Parker, 26, considers the ability to drive change as a calling. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador, Celina attended Florida International for her bachelors and Florida State for her masters.

Celina’s first shot in the political process came from her mentor and colleague, Sarah Bascom. Through Bascom consulting, Celina has worked in crisis management, branding, and visibility campaigns; legislative outreach and issue advocacy; and various House and Senate campaigns.

One lesson Celina has learned through this is that “most of the time, success comes from knowing just as much about the challenges you face as you do about yourself. And, planning for the future only gets you so far… hard work, a sense of purpose and a BIG cup of coffee will actually do much more.”

Admiring Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and Rudy Giuliani, Celina always looks for the “end goal and the target audiences” when beginning a project or campaign.

Twitter tagline @CelinaParker: “Communications Consultant, Bascom Communications & Consulting LLC, M.S., I.M.C., Florida State University. My personal views. And as always, Go Noles”

Here is Celina in her own words:

I am 26 years-young.

I live in Tallahassee, Fla. … I Am from San Salvador, El Salvador. I went to Florida International University for my bachelors and Florida State University for my masters.

I hope to visit Bodrum, Turkey and El Salvador soon enough. (No matter how many places are on my future travel list, home is always among them).

I entered politics because… the ability to drive change has always been a calling for me, even though I fear it as much as I admire it.

One principle I always put above politics is… Work hard and don’t sweat the small stuff.  There will always be things you can’t control, but if you put effort into everything you do, you will always have something to be proud of no matter what the outcome. 

Person or people who gave me my first shot: Sarah Bascom. Not bad for a first shot when it’s given by the best in the business!

I’ve already worked for/on:

  • Crisis management, branding and increased visibility campaigns for BCC’s clients;
  • Legislative outreach and issue advocacy campaigns for a series of BCC’s clients;
  • 2012 Election Cycle campaigns, including John Thrasher for Senate District 6, Greg Evers for Senate District 2, Aaron Bean for Senate District 4, Travis Cummings for House District 18 and Travis Hutson for House District 24; and
  • Copywriter at Major Bilingual Advertising Agency in El Salvador.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for… The end goal and the target audiences. It’s always easier to get somewhere if you know where you’re going and who can take you there.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: I can’t ask for better mentors than my parents, but life decided to give me some more so it gave me Sarah Bascom, Gus Corbella, Kristen Bridges and Lyndsey Cruley. I’m grateful to have found the best of mentors in the best of friends who have helped me put things in perspective and find the better solution to any problem, whether it’s work related or anything but.

The people I most admire in politics are: “Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.” I mean, who doesn’t love Ronald Reagan? Winston Churchill and Rudy Giuliani are right up there as well.

One lesson I’ve already learned is… that most of the time, success comes from knowing just as much about the challenges you face as you do about yourself. And, planning for the future only gets you so far… hard work, a sense of purpose and a BIG cup of coffee will actually do much more.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in… I always wanted to work in medical research or at a film production/distribution company – (are you there Universal Studios? It’s me, Celina…). I have no idea how all this correlates in real life, but I swear it makes perfect sense in my mind.

In ten years, you’ll read about me… in the New York Times. I’ll be on the Best Sellers list and then you’ll have another thing you’ll just be dying to read.

You can connect with me via…, @CelinaParker,

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.