Ronald Walker is one of the founding members of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, as well as its founding Executive Director. He is the former Associate Director of ATLAS Communities — a comprehensive school reform organization that works with more than 100 schools across the country in urban, suburban and rural districts — and shared responsibility with the director for leadership and management of ATLAS activities and staff. In that role, he oversaw delivery of services to selected districts and worked in tandem with the director on outreach, marketing, and related fundraising and development efforts.
He also identified and negotiated strategic alliances that strengthened ATLAS's organizational capacity and had primary responsibility for the development and management of the annual Principals Institute and related leadership activities. Previously, Walker was the Principal at Cambridge Public Schools, a vice principal at Belmont Public Schools and a middle school teacher at Philadelphia Public Schools. He has received the Black Educators Award for Professional Service in Education, the Liberating Vision Award from the National Council of Negro Women and a Mott Foundation grant to reconnect African-American communities and their schools in Boston, Philadelphia, Oakland and Baltimore. He also received a Harvard University Gates Fellowship for senior-level education change coaches and served as a coach with the Change Leadership Group and Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Program. Walker works as a consultant to schools and districts on equity and culturally responsive school management and serves on numerous boards that address community-based and education issues. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Lincoln University and his M.Ed. from Temple University.