Clermont, Ky. – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has named Cadell Walker the new Director of Development, charged with advancing Bernheim’s development activities in major gifts, membership and annual campaigns. Walker has over fifteen years of leadership and senior management experience in the nonprofit sector.
“Cadell’s background in conservation and the non-profit sector will be a tremendous asset to Bernheim,” said Dr. Mark Wourms, Bernheim Executive Director. “As one of the largest privately managed forests in the Eastern United States, we receive no tax payer funding, so member support and donations are essential to our financial viability and the fulfillment of our mission to connect people with nature.”
The Bullitt County native has worked extensively on behalf of environmental conservation and stewardship for the past eight years as The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Philanthropy and Marketing for the state of Kentucky. She has also worked in Development and Community Outreach for the Louisville Zoo, Community Health Charities, Kentucky Humane Society and as an Americorps VISTA.
“I am very excited to take on this new role,” said Walker. “I grew up attending programs and playing at Bernheim as a child and young adult. I developed a tremendous love and respect for nature in doing so.”
Walker attended the University of Louisville where she studied Pan African Studies and graduated with honors in 2005. She moved to Lexington, KY in 2006 but returned to Louisville with her family in 2014.
Walker is a current member of the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows Class of 2015 who is charged with building a collaborative network to improve how cities partner with state government. Walker was also a member of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s Tree Advisory Commission. As an outdoor enthusiast, she is a passionate advocate on issues related to sustainability, the environment and broadening the constituency for conservation.