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Ginger Walker is the senior data capability specialist at StriveTogether. She works to build the capability of the Cradle to Career Network to use data to achieve equitable outcomes, including supporting partnerships in collecting and tracking systems indicators and promoting the effective use, communication and sharing of data across partners.
Previously, Ginger spent four years leading the data team of UP Partnership in San Antonio, Texas, a member of the Network. While at UP Partnership, she designed and implemented data-sharing systems with five school districts to provide access to education data for youth-serving nonprofits and led the indicator development process for racial equity-centered initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio. More recently, she designed client management data systems for Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and established a culture of continuous improvement by engaging, training and coaching the organization’s 30+ program managers and directors.
Ginger has over 10 years of experience in education, including at Western Governors University Indiana and Teach For America San Antonio. She volunteers with the Alamo Regional Data Alliance, a network dedicated to building a culture of data-driven action to improve quality of life in San Antonio, and served as the steering committee’s vice chair. Ginger has a Master of Business Administration and is a certified Tableau Analyst and an alum of Trinity University, Western Governors University, the Strategic Data Project Institute for Leadership in Analytics, Leadership SAISD and the StriveTogether Impact and Improvement Network for Postsecondary Enrollment.
Progress is the StriveTogether core value that most resonates with me because I am energized by learning and sharing. As a participant in StriveTogether’s first Impact and Improvement Network in 2017, I learned so much about how to share learning in real time and fix problems through continuous improvement. We saw a 10 percentage-point increase in FAFSA completion at our pilot, scaled what we learned across the district and were even invited to share our learning at the White House. Since then, I’ve used and adapted the tools I learned to coach dozens of teams because I see how important it is for teams to build a culture of regularly using data to plan, do, study and adjust interventions.