Dawn S. Walker

Dawn Skeete Walker is the associate vice president of communications and marketing at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she is responsible for managing the communications/public relations and marketing efforts for both the academic and hospital sides of the institution. Most recently, she served as assistant vice president of communications and marketing at CUNY Kingsborough Community College, having previously served with the City University of New York's Central Office of University Relations where she managed and directed special projects and media relations activities. Previously, Ms. Walker served as assistant vice president of communications and external relations for Medgar Evers College where she was responsible for building a strategic communications program and increasing public awareness of the College, and as executive director of the Medgar Evers Educational Foundation, leading the College’s advancement efforts and the administration of all fundraising programs. She was responsible for developing fundraising and special events strategies to assist alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations in their support of the college. A native of Guyana, Ms. Walker has a strong and diverse background in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors, and has held positions with the New York City Housing Authority, as a deputy press secretary to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and positions within the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the YMCA of Greater New York. Formerly, she was a member of the Department of Education's Panel for Education Policy (2013) and a mayoral appointee to the board of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2010-2013). Ms. Walker, who is also a founding member of the Women’s City Network, established during the Bloomberg Administration to connect women in city government to mentoring, career, and growth opportunities, was a 2013 recipient of The Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business Award. Most recently, she received the Star Network’s Power Woman of Brooklyn Award, and sits on the board of College and Community Fellowship.