Neva Walker is a long-time community organizer and political leader. She has decades of experience building power with low-income Black and Brown youth and families for racial justice, education justice, and criminal justice. Neva was born into an activist family in Minneapolis – her mother founded and ran the social service programs at Sabathani Community Center, which was located across the street from their family’s home, and whose legacy was honored by having their street named after her: Clarissa Rogers Walker Way. At age 28, Neva was the first Black woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature in state history, and serving as a legislator for 8 years, she centered training and including young people of color as leaders in every area of her work. Since her start at Coleman Advocates in 2011, Neva’s work at Coleman reflects her lifelong commitment to systems change through the leadership of Black and Brown students and their families, through community organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement. Neva leads on regional, statewide, and national education justice coalitions, including the Dignity in Schools California coalition. Neva is also the Executive Director of Coleman Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) sister of Coleman Advocates.