Hedy Lemar Walls, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at YMCA of the North
Executive Vice President of Social Responsibility
YMCA of the North
Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls is the Chief Social Responsibility Officer for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, providing leadership for sustaining and growing programs and strategies that demonstrate significant community impact on critical issues such as education, poverty, and employment. Dr. Walls has a wealth of experience and knowledge in engaging communities, particularly communities of color, and building long-term relationships and supports; developing collaborations and partnerships with community stakeholders to include for profit and nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for providing leadership for the development of a strategic framework for comprehensive researched based programs, services, and initiatives. She is also an Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment Qualified Administrator (QA). She began her career as a corporate accountant in several corporations. Before coming to the YMCA of the North, Dr. Walls worked in urban and suburban school districts. She held several administrative positions for Minneapolis Public Schools providing leadership in the development, implementation, and assessment of researched-based high quality youth development and parent engagement programs. She holds a BS from Southern University, MBA from the University of Minnesota, MS Specialist from Minnesota State University, and EdD from St. Mary’s University.