Neva Walker

Coleman Advocates Executive Director | Community Organizer

Neva Walker is a long-time youth worker, community organizer and political leader from Minneapolis who recently relocated to the Bay Area. She was born into an activist family; her mother founded and ran community programs at the Sabathani Community Center, located right across the street from the family’s home. Neva herself now has decades of experience working with low income youth and families of color around economic and racial justice issues. She has organized intensively around community demands for affordable housing and opportunities for youth.

At age 29, Walker was the first African American woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature in the state’s history. She ran a precedent-setting grassroots election campaign that involved young people of color at every level of leadership. She served 8 years as a legislator before stepping down to return to her organizing roots. Neva is a former Board member of the Progressive States Network. Since coming to the Bay, she spent time supporting the Black Organizing Project at the Center for Third World Organizing, and has been organizing workers in the labor movement.