George Walker has worked extensively to promote and leverage the world’s greatest resource- its people. As an employee, board member, and volunteer his focus on strategic partnerships advances ideas and plans that harness innovative opportunities and achieve results. A talented trainer, captivating motivational speaker, and prodigious fundraiser, he has addressed gatherings domestically and internationally regarding corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, youth leadership, volunteerism, and interfaith competency. George’s variety of skills allows him an expertise on the inner workings of various communities. In February 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to be a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He was selected to serve as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow for the spring of 2010 where he traveled to five countries in Europe representing the US and learned about transnational partnerships on a variety of issues. George is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA History) and The Divinity School, Duke University (M-Div). He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC).
George serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. He oversees efforts to increase programmatic partnerships that advance organizational competencies and diversity goals among corporate, foundation, and other nonprofit partners on behalf of LGBT public leaders. Prior to this role, George served as the Vice President of Leadership Initiatives at Victory. Professionally, he has also served as development director for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy; major gifts officer at the Human Rights Campaign; deputy operations director at the Center for Community Change; and associate director at the Peace Development Fund. In addition to designing leadership trainings for senior officials, he often serves as a subject matter expert on diversity and inclusion, and trainer to groups large and small. He has raised millions of dollars over the course of his career while leveraging relationships toward mutually beneficial goals. He volunteered with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 1994 to 1996. In 2000, he was a recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Award for service for former volunteers who have returned from Corps service and remain active in bringing volunteerism back to their communities of origin. In additional to the President’s Advisory Board on HBCU’s, he has served on local and national boards of directors.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee he lives in Washington, D.C. with his family. George holds a black belt in karate (taekwondo). He is fluent in Spanish, a student of French, and travels extensively.