Mr. Walton is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree
in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.
His professional experience includes time in Southern Pines, North Carolina where he served as Town Planner. In Southern Pines, he guided the land development process ensuring development activities were consistent with established local land development policy.
Employed with the City of Charlotte, North Carolina for over nine years, Mr. Walton held several positions within the city organization including: Senior Strategic Planner with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Training Specialist and Neighborhood Matching Grants Coordinator with the City Manager’s Office, and Division Manager with the Neighborhood Development Key Business. During his time with Neighborhood Development, he conceptualized, developed and implemented the Community Empowerment Group, focused on strengthening and rebuilding Charlotte’s most distressed neighborhoods by actively engaging the skills and talents of their residents.
In 1995, he joined the YMCA of Greater Charlotte as Executive Director of the Johnston Branch, where he led a team that implemented the restoration of the Johnston Branch to its stature as a focal point of community activity and inclusion in North Charlotte.
In 1998, Mr. Walton joined Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in the role of Vice President – Workforce Development Services. At Goodwill, he led workforce development strategy, encompassing operation of multiple career centers in the region, and a team of professionals committed to preparing a trained, ready-to-work, workforce.
In 2006 he joined the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in the role of Senior Vice President, Member Engagement, Strategic Partnerships/Diversity. In this role he provides leadership for the Charlotte Chamber’s seven chapters, development and execution of program content for over 100 programs and events annually, which serve as catalysts for building business relationships, and dissemination of business relevant information. He is responsible for development and oversight of the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion agenda, partnership development with the regions ethnic/international and regional chambers. He also served as loaned executive to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation (CMDC). Mr. Walton is directly involved in cultivating and advocating for the role of entrepreneurship as an essential component of Charlotte’s economy, inclusive of growing and accelerating minority owned enterprises.
He has served on a number of community and grass roots organization boards. Current board involvement includes: UNC-Charlotte Foundation Board – Chair, Governance Committee; James Ross Scholarship Fund; Venturprise Board of Directors.