Walker is responsible for leadership and oversight of the team of development professionals at the system level and at its hospitals and ministries. She also is responsible for providing expert advice and counsel in the areas of overall strategic philanthropic planning, board development, capital campaigns, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, events, development communications, donor relations and stewardship.
Prior to joining the health system, Walker directed the large development team at The Cleveland Orchestra. During her time there, a record annual fund was raised, along with an eight-figure lead endowment gift. For seven years prior to the orchestra, Walker served as senior director for CCS Fundraising Company, the nation’s oldest and largest capital campaign and nonprofit management consulting firm. In that capacity, she was responsible for campaign management and other services for clients in New York and across the Southeast, including hospitals, religious organizations, associations and educational institutions. Prior to CCS, Walker served as director of development and deputy director for the Catholic Art and History Museum in New York City.
Walker has a master’s degree in comparative literature from New York University and received a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her community involvements include serving as fundraising counsel to a number of art and culture nonprofits in Cleveland, New York and London.