Della Walker Jr.

Della Walker Jr.

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2022-23, Economic Opportunities Program

Director, Newark 2020 | Hire Newark, Newark Alliance

Della M. Walker Jr. is a Newark, New Jersey, native and veteran management professional with over twenty years of experience in operations, business development, training, coaching, and workforce development. She specializes in operational excellence, process improvement, contract negotiations, and strategic planning.

In her current role, Della leads the Alliance’s HR Roundtable, Northern NJ Prologis Community Workforce Initiative, Healthcare Industry Partnership, Tech and Innovation Industry Partnership, and the Arts, Film, Entertainment, and Television Workforce Collective. She sits on the Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) Clean Energy Steering Committee and the Newark Workforce Development Board, promoting equitable hiring as an essential hiring practice. She works with employer partners to implement policies and practices that create cultural shifts towards more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces.

Before joining Newark Alliance, Della served as the program coordinator of NewarkWORKS in the Mayor’s Office of Employment & Training, where she launched training programs with PSEG, Rising Tide Capital-Returning Citizens, NJMEP, Essex County College, and Clara Maass Medical Center.

Della is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2022-23. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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