Marcus Walton

Director of Racial Equity Initiatives
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Marcus F. Walton has amassed over a decade of practice in both nonprofit management and the ontological learning model. He specializes in operationalizing conceptual frameworks; racial equity facilitation and training; leadership and management strategy; stakeholder engagement; program development and navigating philanthropy.

As the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Marcus oversaw its operations, HR and staff development functions, including the overall strategy, conceptualization and administration of racial equity programming.  Prior to ABFE, he combined his organizing experience and passion for public service in the role of Program Officer of Community Responsive Grantmaking with the Cleveland Foundation and Sr. Program Officer with Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Marcus is a Newfield Network-trained ontological coach, with additional training in the Action Learning systems coaching model.  He promotes coaching as a tool for personal mastery, racial equity & systems change, social sector excellence and transformation within marginalized communities

Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bowling Green State University and has continued graduate studies in public administration at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy as well as Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.