Donna Walker was born in Anniston, Alabama and moved with her family to Kailua, Hawaii when she was twelve. She received her BA degree from San Diego State University before heading north to Alaska in 1976, where she was the recreation director for the Glennallen construction camp during the building of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. She met and married Bill Walker when she moved to Valdez to become the City’s first Director of Parks and Recreation and later the Community Relations Director for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.
The Governor and First Lady attended attended University of Puget Sound Law School together graduating in 1983. Donna practiced primarily municipal law for the next 30 years while raising the four Walker children and being heavily involved in their school, church, and sports activities. She also took a year away from her law career to work as a caseworker for the Office of Children’s Services.
As First Lady, Donna serves as the Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust and assists other organizations in improving the health, safety, and wellbeing of Alaska’s families. She is also initiating efforts to strengthen unity in Alaska’s culturally diverse communities using the highly successful model of Bridge Builders of Anchorage.
Her interests include family dinners, ski trips, and time at the lake as well as being grandmother to the Walker’s five grandchildren.