Ken Walker is an ever-evolving visionary, dreamer, and doer of the work, mission work that he enthusiastically carries out for his current career choice at Per Scholas. Ken serves as the Senior Vice President of Core Mission Support for Per Scholas. This national non-profit drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. He leads Per Scholas’ growing operations nationally, providing thought leadership across operations, technology, development, marketing, talent, and finance to help Per Scholas advance as an agile, innovative provider of needed IT skills and expertise to national employer partners. Ken’s also a vital member of the national site expansion team, having built 16 training sites across 14 cities since 2012.
Ken is a diversity and inclusion champion, helping to lead Per Scholas’ Diverse by Design and Inclusion by Intention efforts. Per Scholas’s staff believes in sharing best practices and working collaboratively across sectors to ensure that America’s workforce represents our nation’s diversity. To that end, Ken helped launch Diverse by Design in partnership with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the nation’s largest association of African American senior technology executives. The campaign’s goal is to discover and unleash a wealth of new ideas and best practices that companies can use today to increase tech workforce diversity and inclusion. He also helped launch Inclusion by Intention, an internal platform to discuss staff experiences relevant to equity and inclusion in the workplace, and identify and seek improvements with “patient urgency.”
Ken is a technology sector veteran with 30+ years of sales, business development, and non-profit executive experience across the media and entertainment, government, and telecommunications sector. Ken spent three years in business development at start-up organizations in No. California, after ending an 18-year career at IBM as a Client Executive in the media sector. Ken’s transition to the non-profit sector with a focus on mission-based work in communities similar to where he grew up in Harlem has been incredibly fulfilling.