President & CEO, The Solutions Project
Gloria Walton is an award-winning community organizer, writer, speaker and the president and CEO of The Solutions Project, a nonprofit that promotes climate solutions through grantmaking and amplifying the stories of frontline community leaders in the media. Described as one of the country’s most exciting “next generation” political leaders and named “New President to Watch” and one of the “100 Power Players in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy, Walton is disrupting the industry status quo with her power and movement building experience. In her first year, Walton helped deploy $112M in grants to Black, Indigenous and other people of color-led, frontline climate justice solutions that transform our economy. She also helped launch the first-ever Women’s Climate Week and first-ever Black Climate Week.
In addition to her leadership and community organizing work, Walton is also a writer, commentator, and public speaker. Her work and words have appeared at TIME, CBS This Morning, HuffPost, The Hill and others, writing about topics ranging from environmental racism and clean energy jobs, to voter engagement and racial justice. She also speaks nationally and has shared words on stage with luminaries like former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, and actor Don Cheadle.