Trella Walker

Trella Walker
Trella
Walker
Director

Trella Walker, J.D., has a passion for working in the nonprofit sector, and focuses on advocating for equitable access to funding and other resources for organizations that have long been denied this access. She has dedicated her nearly thirty years of nonprofit experience/service to advancing equity in all ways across the sector; and to share knowledge and information on equity, strategy, and change management with those committed to service and leadership to contribute her part to information wealth building. Trella is currently the Interim CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), where she coalesces the team around serving community-centered organizations and realizing/fulfilling NFF’s unique role in the fight against economic inequity. Throughout her tenure at NFF, Trella continues to lead the organization’s strategic transformation to focus its efforts on advancing racial equity in nonprofit funding flows through its consulting, lending, and advocacy work. Formerly NFF’s Chief Strategy Officer, Trella was also the inaugural leader of NFF’s Social Innovation and Equity Council, a group of enterprise-wide staff members dedicated to supporting the organization and holding it accountable to its internal and external equity commitments. Trella’s experience spans many sectors, including arts and entertainment, youth and social services, education, healthcare, veteran affairs, and the law. She has worked for Health Net, Inc., United States Veterans Initiative, Inc., the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and for the past twenty-plus years run her own consulting practice. Additionally, she serves as a coach and consultant to nonprofit leaders across the country and provides instruction in nonprofit organizational management and arts administration at California State University – Los Angeles and University of Southern California. She is frequently recognized by the philanthropic community for her efforts to create change. In 2019 The Chronicle of Philanthropy identified Trella, along with her colleagues, Claire Knowlton and Fred Ali (then-CEO, Weingart Foundation), as “Innovators in the Field” for their work on the Full Cost Project, which advocated for full cost support for organizations - particularly those led by people of color who have been denied access to large, flexible funding. In 2020, Trella was selected as a Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Change Leader in Philanthropy Fellow and in 2021, Trella was selected to be a BMe Vanguard Fellow. Trella attended James Madison University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Secondary Education. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.