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Jonathan M. Walker Named Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Association of American Publishers

Jonathan M. Walker Named Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Association of American Publishers

The Association of American Publishers announced today that Jonathan M. Walker has been named Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is based in Washington, DC and reports directly to President and CEO Maria A. Pallante.  This a new position for the organization.

“Jonathan brings a long list of leadership accomplishments to the AAP on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as higher education,” Maria Pallante commented. “I am thrilled to welcome him to our team, and equally thrilled that AAP is positioned to both support and elevate the important DEI work taking place in the global publishing industry.”

In his new role Jonathan Walker will work with AAP’s members, industry partners, and government leaders to coordinate and improve critical information, facilitate best practices, educate stakeholders, and scale success.

“I am excited to join the dynamic team at AAP,” commented Jonathan Walker. “The publishing industry plays a critical role in advancing principles of justice and equity, particularly in amplifying diverse voices. I look forward to building and sustaining relationships with stakeholders to build on the industry’s current success.” 

Immediately prior to joining AAP, he served as Senior Assistant Dean, Student Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, since 2016.  He has nearly 15 years of progressive experience in higher education at both public and private research institutions as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he also taught and published on equity and student engagement issues.

Jonathan Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Science, College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University, and is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Education, Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. Originally from Spring Lake, North Carolina, he currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.