Attorney Kimberly Walker, 41, was appointed Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Board President Peter J. Stone announced today.
Walker, former Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel, will begin her duties on April 1. Stone said, “Kimberly Walker brings an ideal background in law, government, the private sector, and nonprofit boards to her new position. She is a talented community leader.”
As Corporation Counsel, Walker was chief legal counsel for Milwaukee County Government from 2011 to 2013. Before that, she worked at Johnson Controls in its human resources and legal department from 2007 to 2011.
Walker was a high-level administrator in the Department of Administration and in the Department of Commerce during the administration of former Governor Jim Doyle from 2003 to 2007.
Walker is a member of the board of directors of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee County Research Park. She graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1998.
Walker replaces Tom Cannon, who announced his retirement last year. Cannon said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kimberly to the Legal Aid Society. She is a great choice and will be a strong advocate for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable residents.”
The Legal Aid Society is the state’s oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the poor. Each year, it represents 7,000 individuals and more than 150,000 clients in several class-action lawsuits in state and federal court.