Xavier is EEF’s Board President. We recently sat down with Xavier for an interview to ask him what he loves about EEF, and what being on the board means to him, here is what he had to say...
What inspired you to become a board member?
Honestly, I was not inspired to become an EEF board member. Jeff Sawyer (EEF Board Vice President) forced me. I AM SO GLAD he did. I consider serving on EEF’s board, working with other board members, and staff to be one of my greatest joys.
What I love most about EEF is being a part of interscholastic programs. Each year EEF pays sports and fine arts fees for students who would not otherwise get to participate, and watching kids participate and do what they love brings joy to my life.
What is your favorite EEF program?
I love that EEF supports refugee students. EEF prioritizes marginalized students to help to level the playing field; allowing all kids to have access to education and the ability to participate.
How was your leadership tested during COVID?
During covid, my leadership was tested but also my confidence. My leadership role forced me to remain calm to work through the challenges and to ultimately overcome the obstacles we were faced with.
If you could have an all-expense-paid adventure, where would you go?
Bora Bora. Bora Bora has the most beautiful beaches I would leave my cell phone and computer at home and be one with the beach.
Tell us a fun fact about you:
I have 9 sisters and 0 brothers.
Do you have any hidden talents?
No talents; hidden or visible.
I love to sing, but people do not love to hear it. I have been told it should remain hidden.
Originally from Dallas, Xavier Walker is a true Texan. In his high school years, Xavier and his family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona.
He attended the University of Arizona and studied Public Management and Policies and Business Management. While in college, Xavier fell in love with the state of Arizona and still calls it home. Currently, Xavier is the Regional Director for NPH USA. NPH (Nuestros Pequenos Hermansos) is an international nonprofit organization that raises 7,300 orphaned and disadvantaged children across nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Xavier oversees a staff team and creates a strategy to raise $3,000,000 annually.
Xavier is pleased to be the Executive Director of the Walker Family Fund. This named fund distributes charitable contributions to non-profit organizations that better the quality of life for children and other marginalized populations across the United States and around the World.
Xavier is a graduate of the NAACP NextGen Fellowship program and is active in his local branch. Additionally, Xavier is the current Board President of the Educational Enrichment Foundation which serves the students and teachers in the Tucson Unified School District. Xavier is a staunch advocate of ending sex and human trafficking and educating his community on this issue. He spends countless hours supporting the Arizona Anti- Trafficking Network.