Carla has spearheaded large scale civic engagement and public service initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels for more than 15 years. Most notable is her work creating the U.S. community engagement and advocacy operation for ONE.org, the non-profit co-founded by global advocate and entertainer Bono. In 2004, that network encouraged Congress to pass the largest increase in funding for Africa in 40 years. As a member of ONE’s Live8 team, Carla led a delegation of 100 U.S. advocates to Edinburgh, Scotland resulting in unprecedented commitments at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit. A veteran political strategist, Walker has served three Mayors, a Caucus of 12 State Senators, held leadership positions in three U.S. Presidential campaigns and has led or been involved with nearly 100 issue or candidate campaigns.
From 2005-2010, she managed the legislative, communications and outreach for the Mayor of Cincinnati as his Chief of Staff. She led several city-wide initiatives including Census 2012, the Next Leader Summit, OPEN Cincinnati, Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence and Operation Hospitality which re-framed the city's approach to large conferences.
In 2010, she launched think BIG strategies, a management consultancy firm that creates and executes strategic plans for clients drawing on her expertise in government relations, communications and community engagement.
She has been recognized by the Cincinnati Enquirer as one of the "Top 30 African American Leaders" in Cincinnati; by Soapbox Magazine as "One of the Top 10 Women to Watch" in Cincinnati; and by E'LON Couture Magazine as one of the 2011 "Top 50 Thought Leaders." She gives back to her community by serving in leadership roles for a number of local non-profits boards and at the National Board of Directors for Sister Cities International which oversees the twinning relationships between US cities and their nearly 2,000 city relationships around the world.
Stephanie Jones Strategies, LLC
Brown Girl Productions, LLC
Bear Global Inclusion Strategies
Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
2012 World Choir Games
Middfest International (Peru, France)
World Affairs Council - IVP
Yvette Simpson for Cincinnati Council
Jason Riviero for Cincinnati Council
The Women's Book and The Collective
League of United Latin American Citizens
Green Recycling Works
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