Ronald L. Walker, II
Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development
Ronald L. Walker, II is Managing Partner and President of Next Street, the merchant bank he founded to transform the way finance and business advisory services are provided to small businesses and entrepreneurs operating in major cities across the U.S. Prior to joining Next Street, Ron served as Executive Vice President and Regional Executive of Retail Banking for Sovereign Bank and oversaw the bank’s 38 Business Banking Centers and 200 employees. Prior to joining Sovereign, Ron held several senior executive roles in retail, commercial banking, including roles with Fleet Financial Group, Bank of New England, the Xerox Corporation and IBM Mr. Walker is Chair of the Board of THE BASE and serves as an overseer for the Boston YMCA. He recently received the 2013 Boston Business Journal “CEO of the Year Social Leadership Award” and the 2013 Harry Dowd Community Service Award from Central Boston Elder Services. In 2012, he received the prestigious Heroes in Health Care Award from the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston. Ron also received the under 40 Leadership Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce.