Meet our experienced team.

   Ryan C. Hankins, CFRE, Executive Director
Ryan has served as the Executive Director of PARCA since October 1, 2015. He holds a B.A. in religion and English literature, a Master of Divinity degree, and is pursuing a Ph.D. candidate in public policy at Auburn University. He is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Executive Education program.

Joe Adams, Ph.D., Research Coordinator
Joe has 23 years of experience in government research, analysis, and planning, including eight years in state government, as a senior legislative research analyst with the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Offices of Research and Educational Accountability in Tennessee, as a budget and performance analyst for the Texas Legislature with the Legislative Budget Board, and as the first director of planning for the Texas Workforce Commission. Before working in government, he was the research director for Political Research Inc., and a visiting assistant professor at Auburn University. He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University (political science and history), and a Ph.D. (political science) from Vanderbilt University.

Thomas Spencer, Senior Research Associate
Tom came to PARCA after nearly two decades in journalism, most recently with The Birmingham News. He has a diversified background, researching and writing on a wide variety of topics including the environment, education, economics, governmental and community affairs, politics and civil rights. His work has earned top national, regional and state awards. A Birmingham native, Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Marci Edwards Smith, MPA, PMP, Director of Operations
Marci is responsible for planning, coordination, and management of PARCA’s communications, as well as financial administration and event planning for the organization. She holds a Master’s Degree in public administration and a B.A. in political science, both from the University of Alabama.

Rachel Cochran, Senior Research Associate

Candice Stone, Executive Assistant

Affiliated Researchers

Kenesha Reynolds-Allie, Ph.D.
Dr. Reynolds conducts economic research and coordinates data management and database design. She previously served as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, where her primary focus was production and marketing of traditional and new agricultural products, agri-tourism, economic development and enterprise analysis. She held leadership roles in several public and academic organizations in New Jersey. Kenesha holds a B.S. degree from Northern Caribbean University, a Master’s Degree in economics from Tuskegee University, and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Auburn University.

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