Martha A. Walker, Ph.D.

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Joining Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2005 after serving for 28 years with the Virginia Community College System, Dr. Martha A. Walker serves as one of five Community Viability Specialists. In her role with Extension, Dr. Walker works with counties and cities throughout Virginia as well as multiple state agencies. She provides support in assessing community needs, facilitating community-based action plans, and identifying resources from Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and other state and federal agencies. Her work is directly linked to and supported by Extension agents and university faculty.

Dr. Walker published the Energy Resource Guide for Virginia website, collaborated with partners to secure $1.2 million in grant for bio-energy production/commercialization, obtained a $50,000 gift and coordinated the publication of “Welcome to the County” a book on life in rural Virginia, and received over $550,000 to assist Southwest and Southside farmers with energy efficiency. Dr. Walker launched Virginia Cooperative Extension’s grassroots leadership program, Innovative Leadership: Building Community Connections, 18‑hour training focused on building leadership skills and knowledge. Building on the success of the leadership program, Dr. Walker and her colleagues adopted the University of Maine’s Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills program and trained hundreds of Virginia residents in the best practices of facilitation.

Dr. Walker has a Bachelor’s degree from Averett College, a Master of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Old Dominion University. She is actively involved in her community and civic organizations and served two elected terms on the Pittsylvania County School Board.