Diana Walker focuses her work with influential global thought leaders—businesses, governments, organizations, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists— to develop innovative, powerful strategic business and partnership strategies inside the Sustainable Development Goal framework to maximize work for positive social impact globally and locally. Diana has spent more than 15 years working with companies, governments, innovation impact groups, and NGOs building public private partnership eco-systems and thought leadership platforms for influence globally and locally.
Her work consists of engagement with small and large private, public and social sector clients across multiple industries to help them elevate their social impact work and reputation while driving business growth. Through building strategic b2b and/or public-private partnership eco-systems for her clients paired with their strategic positioning at key global thought leadership convenings, Diana has built and led innovative partnership initiatives that bring together expertise in evidence based measurement, impact investing, advocacy, coordination amongst actors, research, new market opportunities, and new product innovations, all with the goal of increasing market-based solutions for positive societal impact. Diana also has helped to build start-up social enterprise companies, including the technology company, Unleesh, focused on needed skill building tools for hourly wage workers in the retail and hospitality industries.
Diana has worked with large corporations such as Blackbaud, Caterpillar, Chobani, Dell Guggenheim Investments, McKinsey, MSNBC, UBS, Variety, Village Capital, W Hotels, Warby Parker; non-profits including the Climate Reality Project, Concordia, Gates Foundation, Milken Institute, ONE Campaign, Rockefeller Foundation, Skoll Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, UN Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, World Economic Forum; and public sector institutions including USAID, U.S. Department of State, the United Nations and various UN Agencies, the White House, and the World Bank. Diana also has worked in politics, working on VIP relations during the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, helping to lead the Intergovernmental Affairs Department during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, and working with the White House on advance trips for political leaders including President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady Jill Biden, and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Diana sits on the Board of Counterpart International in Washington, DC, the Posner Center in Denver, CO and the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley, CA. She is a member of the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Forum and has spent time mentoring young social entrepreneurs through the Resolution Project’s Guide Program.
Previously, Diana spent twelve years at the United Nations Foundation building and facilitating cross-sector partnerships between the United Nations and Fortune 500 companies, governments and Heads of State, entrepreneurs, non-profits and foundations, and other influencers to help further the United Nations’ work to create meaningful social impact in communities around the world. Diana helped develop some of the UN Foundation’s first public facing awareness, advocacy, and impact campaigns in 2003 and over the next decade facilitated global partnership strategies and built partnership eco-systems with the UN, UN Foundation, and other public and private sector groups.
From 2010-2014, Diana built and managed the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, a high-level group comprised of leaders in the entrepreneur community who dedicate two years to work closely with the UN Foundation to bring new ideas, innovation, perspective, and networks to the work of the UN to help solve global problems. Diana built the first event Global Accelerator at the United Nations which brought together social entrepreneurs and UN experts to collaborate on solutions to human empowerment globally.
Diana was named by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy as one of the top 99 foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. Diana currently resides in Denver, CO and on an airplane and loves to spend her time traveling the world and in the outdoors. She is a native of Boulder, CO and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.