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Derek Walker
Adjunct Faculty

Derek Walker

Adjunct Professor

BA, English, College of William and Mary

Derek Walker


Derek Walker is an Adjunct Professor in International Climate Change Law and the Vice President for the U.S. Region at Environmental Defense Fund, where he oversees a portfolio of policy initiatives aimed at achieving a fair transition to a net-zero U.S. economy, combatting climate change, building resilience, and promoting equity and environmental justice. In 15 years at EDF, Derek has served as the organization’s Chief of Staff and led climate and clean energy work at the global, national, and state level, including several years directing the organization’s work to shape and support implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.

Derek was the long-time chair of EDF’s Diversity Committee, helping EDF create and implement its first-ever diversity strategic plan. He co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Bluegreen Alliance and served as a member of the University of California President’s Global Climate Leadership Council. Derek is also a member of the Early Years Climate Action Task Force.