Updated: Jan 30
(Atlanta, Georgia) – Lost-n-Found Youth (LnFY) has just concluded a national search for a new Director of Programs. The search resulted in the selection of veteran nonprofit manager and community leader Ernest Walker. Mr Walker comes to us from the District of Columbia and brings 15 years of progressive leadership experience in public policy development, financial and program management, advocacy, and coalition building. In his role as Director of Programs Mr. Walker will report directly to the Board of Directors. He will collaborate with Director of Operations, Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad to provide executive leadership for the organization. “We’ve worked for the last two years to build LnFY’s fiscal and procedural infrastructure on the operations side of things. We’ve brought Mr. Walker in to do that work on the programmatic side. LnFY is a rapidly growing organization and putting wheels on a moving train ain’t easy, but he is the guy for it,” said Ms. Muhammad.
Mr. Walker is chiefly responsible for overseeing the programmatic work of Lost-n-Found Youth. In that role he has been charged with the task of increasing the organization’s capacity for transitional and emergency housing, expanding the Youth Resource Center to a 24-hour, 7 day a week operation, and building and sustaining relationships and community partnerships, maximizing our impact. Walker will also work closely with Bynes-Muhammad and the Board of Directors to ensure stable and dependable sources of revenue.
“From the Board’s perspective Mr. Walker brings a great energy, coupled with experience, to the position. We are confident that the right person has been selected to move the programmatic side of our organization forward.” according to Board Chair Robert Ross.
Most recently Walker served as Interim Executive Director at NAESM, Inc. While at NAESM Walker implemented new agency-wide improvements and generated more than $700k in new revenue. Prior to his work in Atlanta Walker served as Chief Operating Officer at Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., a D.C. based nonprofit focused on health equity for underserved and marginalized populations. Walker earned a Master of Public Health degree from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.
“I am excited about joining the team at Lost-n-Found Youth.” Says Walker “Homelessness has always been a major concern to me. I am happy to step up and play a part in helping to find ways to combat this crisis here is Atlanta. and hopefully be the model on how it could be addressed across the country or even around the world.”
Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta, Georgia based nonprofit (501c3) that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and all sexual minority youth.