Anna Walker is senior manager of Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy at Levi Strauss & Co. She is responsible for developing, planning and delivering government and public policy initiatives on environmental sustainability, worker rights, human rights and other business issues to promote LS&CO.’s business success. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Ms. Walker served for four years as Manager, Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility with the U.S. Council for International Business in New York City, where she advised member companies on international labor policy issues and international developments in the corporate citizenship arena. Ms. Walker also represented U.S. business at the International Labor Conference and the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization. Ms. Walker holds an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and B.A.s in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis.
Vicki Walker is with Winrock International in the Empowerment and Civic Engagement unit. She was the Director of the Community-based Innovations to Reduce Child Labor through Education (CIRCLE) project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) which documented and published a manual Best Practices in Eliminating Child Labor through Education drawn from the global CIRCLE projects. She leads the innovative program Child Labor Alternatives through Sustainable Systems in Education (CLASSE) in Côte d’Ivoire. CLASSE has worked in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire to address the push and pull factors in child labor in cocoa to address prevention of Child labor through educational alternatives including vocational education in agriculture that contribute to training a new generation of leaders and agricultural entrepreneurs. Ms. Walker leads the Winrock component of the ECHOES project, a public private partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation and members and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that has expanded the agricultural vocational educational principles for livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. She is currently the home office coordinator and advisor to the Tanzania Education Alternatives for Children funded by USDOL. Ms. Walker has BA from the University of Maryland and a MA from the University of New Hampshire, both in Political Science and served in the Peace Corps in Senegal. Ms. Walker’s areas of focus are leadership, gender analysis, agriculture, prevention and elimination of child labor, promotion of women and children’s education, and improving economic status of rural communities and youth.