Vernetta Walker

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About Vernetta Walker

Vernetta Walker is vice president of programs and chief governance officer for BoardSource. She works with national and international nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of governance topics, including board responsibilities and engagement; legal compliance; and exceptional practices. Vernetta also leads BoardSource's diversity and inclusion work, with a focus on integrating strategies for transformative change and growth. Her clients have included Habitat for Humanity International, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, YMCA, North Carolina Smart Start, U.S. Black Chamber, and the International School of Brussels.
Prior to BoardSource, Vernetta practiced law for several years with a large firm in Orlando, Florida, served as associate general counsel for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and was foundation advocacy counsel for the Alliance for Justice. She also served as director of the Administration of Justice Grants Program for the Florida Bar Foundation.

Vernetta is a faculty member of NeighborWorks America. In 2012, Vernetta received the Kenneth Jones/Tony Austin Excellence in Training Award from NeighborWorks for, “her outstanding knowledge, skills, dedication and passion for teaching non-profit governance.” Vernetta is a contributing author to Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, a Jossey-Bass publication (2011), and Investing in Change: A Funder's Guide to Supporting Advocacy, an Alliance for Justice publication (2004).

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business