Type to search

Dbt40

DBT40 Honoree: Daniel Walker

Share

Title: Chief of Staff

Workplace: Wilmington City Council

Age: 29

Fun fact about Daniel Walker: he has watched the television show “The West Wing,” start to finish seven times.

That’s fitting for the chief of staff for the Wilmington City Council, who serves as the top liaison between the 13 council members and the city government agencies. At 29, he is believed to be the youngest chief of staff in the city’s history.

Since childhood, Walker was taught that he has a responsibility to give back to the community and he has since dedicated his professional life to fulfilling that mission. After working in U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester’s office, he was hired by DelawareCAN, a nonprofit that advocates for a high-quality education for every Delaware student. Eventually, he worked his way to the executive director role.

During his tenure, Walker assisted with a student-led report on diversifying the teaching profession and led the inaugural TEDxWilmington ED to showcase new trends in the education sector. He also managed the nonprofit’s political action committee, which led to an 85% win rate of its supported candidates in elections.

Walker has leveraged that political acumen to the city council that represents Delaware’s largest and most diverse city. Since he was brought on in January, he has broadened the council’s presence on all channels. Walker has also helped shepherd legislation for disparity studies and secured funding for anti-violence measures in Wilmington’s operating budget.

Walker started volunteering with the Jaycees when he was a University of Delaware student, where he first saw the impact of direct service on marginalized communities. He continues to serve on many organizations, including as the chair of the steering committee of Planned Parenthood Delaware and on the board of the Delaware Young Democrats, where he founded the Minority Caucus. He also helped establish the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professional Dover Chapter to expand the organization’s presence downstate.

Get the free DBT email newsletter

Follow the people, companies and issues that matter most to business in Delaware.

Tags:

You Might also Like

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Holiday flash sale! Subscribe to Delaware Business Times and save 50%.

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.

Holiday flash sale!

Subscribe to Delaware Business Times and save 50%

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.

Stay updated with our free email newsletter

Keep up with the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in Delaware.

No, thank you.

Get the DBT Book of Lists

The definitive publication of contacts and key information from over 1,500 of Delaware's top businesses and organizations across 60 industries. 

No, thank you.
Delaware Business Times Book of Listis

Free for a limited time! (Normally $50)