Resolute in her commitment to community impact, Leah Dozier Walker has devoted her career to public service and social justice. Possessing a diverse record of exceptional public service throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, Leah has cultivated relationships with elected officials, advocates, corporate partners, education stakeholders, community based organizations, school division leaders, and non-profit leaders. An experienced fundraiser and event planner, Leah has successfully leveraged strategic partnerships and optimized stakeholder engagement to support organizational mission and goals.
As a sought after thought partner and public speaker, Leah is recognized for her communication savvy, oral presentations, community relations expertise and steadfast commitment to excellence. A transformational leader, she has successfully modernized communication strategies for executive branch agencies, pioneered innovative outreach tactics, and elevated discourse on signature initiatives and programs. Leah possesses a diverse record of public service and demonstrates vast experience navigating bureaucracy and facilitating consensus to achieve results.
Leah currently serves as Senior Vice President of Equity & Inclusion at Waterford.org. With more than twenty years of public sector experience, Leah has worked for; Mayor Dwight C. Jones Administration in the City of Richmond, Governor Timothy M. Kaine at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Democratic Caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and its Foundation, Richmond City Council, and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.
Leah recently founded and serves as principal consultant of Modern Impact Solutions, a professional services practice providing an array of DEI, communications, and strategic advising consultation to corporate, non-profit, education, and public sector organizations and executives. Prior to this, Leah served as the first ever Director for Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education where she conceptualized the development and led the implementation of Virginia’s #EdEquityVA strategies and initiatives focused on eliminating disproportionality in student outcomes. Essential to this was authoring and designing Virginia’s equity framework (Navigating EdEquityVA Roadmap), creating the EdEquityVA Compass companion tool, and developing Virginia's Return to School Equity Audit Tool.
In 2018, Style Weekly named Leah to its annual "Power List" as one of the most influential people in education in the Richmond region followed by Virginia Commonwealth University naming her to its annual "Alumni Power List" in 2019.
Leah was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Leah lives in Richmond Virginia and is the proud mother of two daughters.
that is faced
can be changed,
can be changed
until it is faced.”
- James Baldwin
National Stakeholder Committee Member: KnowledgeWorks - REMIQS (Robust & Equitable Measures to Inspire Quality Schools)
Past Vice Chair: Governor’s Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism
Member (ex-officio): Virginia Indian Advisory Board
Founder & Member: African American Superintendent's Advisory Council
Staff Lead: African American History Education Commission
Staff Lead & Member: Taskforce on Diversifying Virginia's Educator Pipeline
State Education Leaders Tackle Lack of Diversity in Teaching Profession (WRIC)
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