Strategic Advisor to the President & CEO

Carla D. Walker

Carla D. Walker

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Strategic Advisor to the

President & Group CEO

Strategic Advisor to the President & CEO - African Community Fund for Education Group

President & CEO at thinkBIG strategies, llc. Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Former Chief of Staff to Mayor Mallory of Cincinnati, OH, United States.

Carla D. Walker is the President & CEO of think BIG strategies, llc, Strategic Advisor and Former Chief of Staff to Mayor Mallory of Cincinnati, Ohio. "Think big, follow-through" is the mantra Carla Walker lives by. She is not just an idealistic person. She has a passion for working on dynamic, game-changing initiatives and she has a reputation for success. She has spearheaded large scale civic engagement and public service initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels for more than 15 years. Her career spans nearly twenty years in the fields of government relations, communications, political strategy, stakeholder engagement, and project management. Most notable is her work on creating the U.S. community engagement and advocacy operation for ONE.org, the non-profit co-founded by global advocate and entertainer Bono.

 

As a member of ONE’s 2005 Live8 team, she organized and led a delegation of 100 U.S. advocates to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate in the actions leading to unprecedented global commitments at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit. In 2004, that network encouraged the U.S. Congress to pass the largest increase in funding for Africa in 40 years. She resurrected that role in 2015, serving as the Senior Manager and Strategic Advisor for the Africa office spearheading Pan African campaigns towards the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A veteran political strategist, Walker has advised three Mayors, a Caucus of 12 State Senators, held leadership positions in three U.S. presidential campaigns, and has led or advised principles on more than 100 advocacy or candidate campaigns.

Community Leadership

Vehr Communications SAGE - Strategic Advisors, Gurus, and Experts –Team (2014, 2015)

Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Reader (2013, 2014, 2015)

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition – Ohio Member (2012-2014)

Sister Cities International – Board Member (2009-2014)

Bad Girl Ventures – Board Member and Advisory Board Member (2010-2014)

Senior-Level Experiences

Regional Political Coordinator – Obama for America, Southwest Ohio 2008

Research Assistant – International Network of Women Ministers of the Environment – Cambridge, Massachusetts 2003

Finance Director – Ohio Senate Leadership Caucus – Columbus, OH 2001 – 2002

Regional Director – Gore/Lieberman Presidential Campaign – Cincinnati, OH 2000

Executive Director – Hamilton County Democratic Party – Cincinnati, OH 1999 – 2001

Communications Director – Mayor Roxanne Qualls – Cincinnati, OH 1997 – 1999

"You are my Advisor; You are always with me. You preserve, protect and care for me." - Atharva Veda

M. Public Administration (Harvard University, 2003); MSc. (University of Florida, 1996);

BSc. (University of Cincinnati, 1990)

Creating an edge to ensure future success

Portfolio

  • STRATEGY AND PLANNING

  • RESEARCH, REVENUE SYSTEMS, AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY

  • GLOBAL CAMPAIGNS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

  • FUNDRAISING AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS

  • STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AND COALITION MANAGEMENT