Colleen Walker

Colleen Walker

Trustee
Dallas, TX

Vice President
Academic Partnerships

Colleen Walker serves as Vice President for University Partnerships at Academic Partnerships, a major global online services provider in higher education. Previously she served as the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Colleen also served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, where she successfully led the staff to become the first U.S. council to complete and implement a three-year strategic learning pilot, and oversaw the council’s first property master planning process to analyze eight service centers and six camps to better deliver on the Girl Scout mission. She also launched a capital campaign for two camps, including a South Dallas facility that is being transformed into a STEM Center of Excellence.

Working to develop female leaders and advocating for increased opportunities and education in STEM - (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) - have been Colleen’s priorities since college. In 1996, she founded Engineers of Dreams, a nonprofit organization promoting math and science literacy among fourth- through ninth-grade students, especially girls and young women, in Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. She developed a multimedia educational program, “Technology Today,” to encourage more than 60,000 participating students to pursue a technical education. In addition, Colleen designed and launched a website that served as a student follow-up vehicle and educational link for the 175 schools she visited.

In recognition of her leadership, Colleen has been honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the “Top 25 Female Business Leaders in Dallas” and by the Women’s Council of Dallas as “Woman of the Year.” She is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable and the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In 2005, she was nominated for membership to Leadership America, a national organization that educates and connects accomplished and diverse women with the goal of increasing their impact globally. She completed her year of service in 2006.

Colleen graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering. In 2000, she received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she was awarded the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to a nonprofit organization. Colleen joined the NEFE Board of Trustees in 2015.