Delbria Walton

  • Senior Policy Associate

Delbria works primarily on the Forum’s Opportunity Nation initiative. She supports communities, young adults, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and policy makers by connecting them with data in the Opportunity Index to support the call for opportunity. Delbria also engages the organization’s 350+ coalition members, to build capacity, community, and a case for increased health, economic, community, and educational opportunities for America’s 4.5 million opportunity youth.

Delbria’s professional experience includes seven years in nonprofit and youth development work. Most recently, she served as the Senior Program Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. Prior to that Delbria worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia’s Health Policy Center. The majority of her youth development work focused on youth with cognitive and developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injures, and Down Syndrome.

After graduating from Old Dominion University, with a degree in psychology and criminal justice, she did community participatory research on healthy sexual behaviors in young adults of color with Dr. Faye Belgrave. There, she decided to focus her work more on the systems that caused inequity and in 2017 graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Community Partnerships. Currently, she is pursuing a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Governance at Virginia Commonwealth University and hopes to be done with school FOREVER by 2020 *Cardi B voice.*

In her spare time Delbria loves to spend time alone, but often allows family and friends to join her. Her ideal day includes almond M&Ms, a good romantic comedy, and a summer night’s rain where all you need is a light jacket.