A Letter from the President and CEO


Kevin Walker

President & CEO
Joined Northwest Area Foundation: May 2008

“I want my sons Theo and Max to grow up in a society where all people have abundant opportunity to thrive, and no one is locked in poverty. What inspires me each day is the chance to make the Northwest Area Foundation the most effective force it can be in a movement to create that future.”

Kevin leads the organization’s efforts to champion programs that increase good jobs and increase financial capability for low-income people in the Foundation’s service region.

Under Kevin’s leadership, the Foundation is developing and implementing strategic grant-making initiatives – focused areas of multiyear funding to encourage collaborative efforts and increased impact. He also is guiding the organization’s commitment to target 40 percent of its annual giving to Native-led organizations and advance efforts to increase mainstream philanthropy’s engagement with Indian Country.

Prior to joining the Northwest Area Foundation, Kevin spent 13 years with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, including nine as director of Mott’s national anti-poverty program. His career in the nonprofit sector began in the early 1990s as associate director of Food Gatherers, a small, community-based nonprofit in Ann Arbor, Mich., that state’s first perishable food rescue program. He is a past board chair of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and currently serves as chair of the board of Philanthropy Northwest. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan.

He lives in St. Paul with his wife and their two sons.