Meet the 2023 Boards and Commissions Fellowship Mentors


Trish Walker

Trish Walker is a forward-thinker, and she thrives on helping individuals in her professional and personal community create an inclusive culture where everybody can be their best. Trish was born in Boise, Idaho. She earned her background in diversity as she attended Boise State University earning a Multi-Ethnic Studies and a minor in Dispute Resolution. She said she has always had a passion to advise, educate, coach and advocate for her community. 

Trish said the challenges in 2020 made her realize there was a need in her community to create equitable spaces for everyone. So, Trish translated her passion for community and cultural advocacy, into a thriving sustainable community. In January 2022 Trish created a nonprofit called the Idaho Black Community Alliance. 

Trish is a hard worker and she’s motivated to serve. She makes a daily commitment to understand the perspective of her entire community and strives to bring their voices to the table. Trish is an Idaho native (4th generation) a small business owner, co-chair of a youth mentorship program called Brown Like Me, and she is the Event organizer and Vice-chair of the Boise Soul Food festival. Trish also serves as an advisory board member to the Idaho Women’s Business Center. 

Trish is a wife, a mother of two sons and a grandmother to KJ and Kruz.  

After being a fellow in 2021, Trish returned to CVI as a mentor in 2022. Trish understands that volunteering and service to help the community is an integral part of being an engaged citizen.  

Trish shared that her time and dedication in the fellowship program allowed her to learn how to be the best board/commission member possible, but also gave her a sense of understanding, community and belonging.