ABOUT DANIEL E. WALKER, PhD
At age 19, Walker and Dr. Shawn A. Ginwright, then both college sophomores at San Diego State University, founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit organization that utilized college students to teach leadership and academic skills to urban youth. The organization annually placed over 97% of its high school participants in accredited colleges and universities and is the subject of the book Black Youth Rising: Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America (Teachers College Press, 2009). He was also elected student government president at San Diego State University.
As an educational reformer, Dr. Walker was a member of the development team of Hardy Brown College Prep, one of California’s highest performing urban schools, project lead for the establishment of the Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment, and Board Chair of the BLU Educational Foundation, one of the nation's leading organizations working to increase the college graduation rates of traditionally underrepresented students. For the past two decades, he has also served as lead historian for the Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour. The seven-day tour across five states and Canada uses lessons from the Underground Railroad to teach diversity, team building, and leadership skills to hundreds of K-12 educators each year.