Kim Walker is a senior director and the head of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Arabella. She is responsible for co-creating and managing the firm’s DEI strategy, coordinating efforts across teams to reach both company-wide and team-specific DEI goals, and strengthening the capacity of Arabella employees and teams to engage in equity-related work both internally and with clients. For example, Kim guides project teams on partnering with clients to embed DEI principles into their processes, structures, and decisions, such as through participatory grant making and equitable evaluation. Previously, Kim served Arabella as the leader of the firm’s internal learning and development practice. In that role, she developed, facilitated, and evaluated learning opportunities for client-facing staff. She also developed onboarding programs, led continuing staff development opportunities, planned for retreats, and generated learning content for team events.
Prior to Arabella, Kim was the senior manager of learning and development at FSG, a social impact consulting firm. In addition to her career in internal capacity building, Kim spent several years providing and managing technical assistance initiatives with communities through the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Urban Institute. She also served as a leadership development faculty member for ProInspire, a nonprofit dedicated to building leaders in the social sector. Additionally, Kim served as the national board co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network from 2017–2018.
In addition to her work at Arabella, Kim serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, teaching and advising students in the Master of Human Resources Management program. She holds a BA in psychology and Hispanic studies from William and Mary, an MA from UCLA in urban planning, a master’s in organization development from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s and PhD in leadership and change from Antioch University, where her dissertation focused on power dynamics in cross-sector partnerships.