For over a decade, Vernetta Walker served on staff with BoardSource, the leading organization on nonprofit governance best practices, as Chief Governance Officer, Vice President of Programs, and senior advisor on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She successfully curated content for their 2017 national conference that engaged 1000 attendees in learning circles focused on inclusion and equity. More recently, Vernetta co-designed and is leading a racial equity cohort pilot program for the Meyer Foundation and is working with organizations on internal DEI assessments, training and development of equity strategies.
Vernetta is passionate about helping the sector maximize its impact through exceptional leadership, intellectual engagement and setting the tone at the top for creating equitable organizations. Prior to working for BoardSource, Vernetta served as Associate General Counsel for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Foundation Advocacy Counsel for the Alliance for Justice and Director of the Administration of Justice Grants for the Florida Bar Foundation. She also practiced law for several years in Orlando, Florida.
Vernetta is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University for the nonprofit management program, a faculty member for NeighborWorks America and a certified cultural transformation consultant with the Barrett Values Centre.
Vernetta serves on the board of March for Our Lives Action Fund (founded after the 2018 shootings in Parkland, FL) and is president of the March for Our Lives Foundation. She received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.