Eric Walker is the Population Council’s chief finance and administration officer. He is responsible for leading and guiding the Council’s talent, information technology, administrative services, compliance, financial, and business development strategies while carefully managing the Council's overall financial resources.
Walker has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, financial and operations management, institutional capacity building, and systems development in international nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Council, Walker served as COO/CFO of several international nonprofits with an annual budget ranging from $25–$300 million. More recently, Walker launched a small management-consulting firm dedicated to addressing NGO sector issues, adapting NGO business models, and uplifting NGO manager skill sets. He also cofounded InsideNGO, a global operations membership association, and has led training sessions around the world on USAID rules and regulations, indirect costs, organizational effectiveness measurement, and field operations.
Walker serves on advisory panels for Charity Navigator and the Charity Defense Council, as well as on multiple NGO boards. He contributed to “Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World” (Pallotta, 2012) and published “Optimizing Overhead in Challenging Times: 10 Approaches to Adapting to a New Landscape.” He is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington, and has been appointed to Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community.
Mr. Walker earned his master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1978.