Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well as his Administrative License from St. Cloud State.

From 1998 to 2006, Walker served as Community Outreach, Program and Youth Development Director at the YMCA of Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul, where he developed programs for social, academic, athletic and employment skills for youth and served as the coordinator of the Black Achievers program, an academic achievement and career development initiative for middle school and high school youth. Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School from 2006 to 2009 before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and then moved into the role as assistant principal from 2011 to 2014.

He has taken on being the Director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement for the past 3 years, where his sole responsibility is changing academic outcomes for Black Males who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Recently he has been consulting with local districts and across the country to provide a framework and professional development workshops around supporting Black Males. He has also been distinguished as a 2017 Bush Fellow recipient, which he will use to further his leadership and expertise. Walker is an Unapologetic Advocate for Black Male students and works towards reducing the belief gap in the area’s schools.

Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools, he and his wife has four children, three of whom are school age and attend MPS. Walkers leaves us with this critical question to the educational system, “Why have we been trying to solve a non-academic issue with an academic solution?”

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Doctoral Student University of Minnesota 2022 Expected Graduation
  • Superintendent License St. Cloud State University Expected Sept 2018
  • Principal’s License St Could State University, 2009 K-12 Administration
  • Masters of Science Education UW-River Falls, 2006 K-12 Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts Southwest State University, 1998 Physical Education
  • Licensed Superintendent, 2019

Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well as his Administrative License from St. Cloud State.

From 1998 to 2006, Walker served as Community Outreach, Program and Youth Development Director at the YMCA of Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul, where he developed programs for social, academic, athletic and employment skills for youth and served as the coordinator of the Black Achievers program, an academic achievement and career development initiative for middle school and high school youth. Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School from 2006 to 2009 before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and then moved into the role as assistant principal from 2011 to 2014.

He has taken on being the Director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement for the past 3 years, where his sole responsibility is changing academic outcomes for Black Males who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Recently he has been consulting with local districts and across the country to provide a framework and professional development workshops around supporting Black Males. He has also been distinguished as a 2017 Bush Fellow recipient, which he will use to further his leadership and expertise. Walker is an Unapologetic Advocate for Black Male students and works towards reducing the belief gap in the area’s schools.

Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools, he and his wife has four children, three of whom are school age and attend MPS. Walkers leaves us with this critical question to the educational system, “Why have we been trying to solve a non-academic issue with an academic solution?”


"Because of Michael our work has shifted to become more intentional, focused and purposeful"

- Robin Gordon, District 196 Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

"Michael's model to listen and validate experiences, to open the door to learning about others, helps with hard conversations."

- Kenny Maxey, Athletic Director, Patrick Henry High School

"Working with Michael on challenges that I face in my industry has enabled me to deploy a lot of the skill and strategies that we talk about."

- Tim Williams, CEO, T. WILL Sports Inc.