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Cal Walker
Cal WalkerCal Walker is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, and has lived in Ithaca over thirty years.  He worked 15 years in sales for Procter & Gamble before transitioning to Cornell University where he has held several positions since 1993.  Cal and his wife, Glenda, are parents of three adult children and, to date, have been foster parents to more than twenty-five others. He has also tutored, mentored or counseled scores of other young people in our community over the last three decades.

Cal has been a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church for 26 years and is a founding board member of the Community Faith Partners. He's also a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club.

He has served, or is currently serving on the boards of the Planning and Development Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca and Tompkins County, the Family Reading Partnership, Southside Community Center, Advisory Board and Education Committee of the Sciencenter, Operating Committee of Access to College Education Program and the Human Services Coalition, among others.

Cal is a co-founder of the  “Village at Ithaca” and now serves as its first Executive Director.  The Village is working to ensure that students, particularly African American, Latino and low-income, more consistently meet or exceed district and state standards of academic achievement.  The organization has been recognized for its advocacy in expanding educational opportunity, increasing access and furthering the cause of social justice in the community.

He is also Cornell's first Outreach Liaison to the Ithaca City School District, the first to serve in this role.  His two concurrent positions are separate and distinct, but have significant overlap in focusing on core equity issues within the local schools.

Cal is a past recipient of the Tompkins Trust Company's Award of Excellence, the Lucy Brown Community Leadership Award given by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, the Beverly J. Martin Human Rights Award and the City of Ithaca Common Council Award of Achievement.  In 2002, Cal was named a Cornell Civic Leaders Fellow and, in 2006, he was chosen for the first ever Titans of Tompkins (County) Award.