Diamonte Walker

2023-24 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow
Dr. Diamonte Walker currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Scholar House. This innovative non-profit organization strives to offer equal access to higher education, enhance social capital, and provide the support necessary for parenting students to begin building a cycle of generational prosperity. Dr. Walker is the architect of the Pittsburgh Scholar House's Wayfinders Program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at increasing college access for adult learners and providing meaningful support for parenting students on college campuses to enable degree completion.

Prior to her tenure at the Pittsburgh Scholar House, Dr. Walker held the position of Deputy Executive Director at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Here, she demonstrated her exceptional strategic, operational, and leadership skills, which led to transformative initiatives such as the Avenues of Hope and the Housing Opportunity Fund. Drawing from her experience in addressing Pittsburgh's multifaceted challenges, Dr. Walker emphasizes the importance of empowering individuals and transforming communities beyond conventional metrics, goals, and buzzwords.

Dr. Walker holds a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Administration from Point Park University, an MBA, and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She is an active board member for several organizations, including Gwen's Girls, YMCA of Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Allies, InnovatePGH, and the Moonshot Museum.

Recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Women of Influence honoree and one of Talk Magazine's 100 Most Influential Women in the State of Pennsylvania, Dr. Walker's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. She is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon's The Advanced Leadership Institute (TALI) and serves as an adjunct professor at Point Park University with an emphasis on teaching cultural competence in the classroom.

Dr. Walker is a wife, mother and woman of faith with a firm belief in the power of education.