Wanda N. Walker will join Jeremiah Program in the new position of Director of Program Excellence. Walker, who most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer for Community Action of Minneapolis, begins her work with Jeremiah July 15, 2013.
As Director of Program Excellence, Walker will oversee and contribute to the continued delivery and development of superior programming within existing campuses while transferring the knowledge from one campus to the next as the organization expands nationally. Walker will be responsible for program development, design, evaluation and process improvement in collaboration with the senior leadership and will provide leadership in the evaluation and improvement of the program model.
“Jeremiah Program’s growth depends on a strong infrastructure,” said President & CEO Gloria Perez in announcing Walker’s appointment. “Wanda’s role as Director of Program Excellence will help us fulfill our commitment to continuous improvement and consistency across campuses. Her experience and personal commitment to our mission will be an asset and welcome addition to our leadership team.”
Jeremiah Program currently has two fully operational sites—in Minneapolis and St. Paul—that serve 300 women and children annually. The next step in the organization’s national expansion is an Austin, Texas, site, opening in two stages in 2013-15. Leaders in the communities of Fargo-Moorhead and Boston (Endicott College) are also actively exploring the possibility of establishing a program in their communities.
In her 12 years with Community Action of Minneapolis, Walker worked with staff, board and volunteers to deliver effective programs and services to low-income Minneapolis residents. Prior to Community Action, Walker was a public health program consultant and a teen center director with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, volunteer administrator with Catholic Social Services of Atlanta, and associate director of Wesley Child Care Center in Cincinnati. Earlier in her career, she was a social worker in Cincinnati.