Programs & Chief Governance Officer
Vernetta Walker, JD, has worked with many national and international nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of governance issues, from how to start a nonprofit organization, to improving board engagement and performance and restructuring complex entities. Her areas of expertise include board roles and responsibilities, board self-assessments, understanding conflicts of interest and legal compliance, exceptional practices, and transformative governance. Vernetta provides governance counsel, training, and solution-based strategies to clients, which have included Habitat for Humanity International, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, YMCA, Smart Start agencies, US Black Chamber, and the Concordia University system, among others. Vernetta also leads BoardSource’s diversity and inclusion work to help nonprofit boards address the challenges and obstacles of integrating successful diversity and inclusion strategies and practices.
Vernetta brings a broad depth of knowledge and expertise to BoardSource. She practiced law for a large firm in Orlando, Florida, for several years and also served as associate general counsel for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, rendering technical assistance, consulting, and training to many of its 1400 member organizations. Prior to Maryland Nonprofits, Vernetta served as foundation advocacy counsel for the Alliance for Justice and as director of the Administration of Justice Grants Program for the Florida Bar Foundation.
Vernetta is a contributing author to Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, a Jossey-Bass publication (2011), and Investing in Change: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting Advocacy, an Alliance for Justice publication (2004). She has served on several boards, including Planned Parenthood, Lynx (Orlando’s regional transportation authority), the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and the Valencia Community College Advisory Board. She received a JD degree from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, and a BA degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. She is admitted to the Florida and Maryland state bars.