Meet R. David Walker
R. David Walker is a 5th generation Floridian. He was born in Plant City, Florida to two public servants; his father was a firefighter and his mother was a schoolteacher. Born prematurely at 27 weeks, his first few years of life were challenging, but with the support of his family, he was able to overcome the obstacles before him. Walker knows what it’s like to be part of the working class. His modest upbringing taught him to learn and appreciate what he has. He appreciates the simple things in life, like nature and wildlife. It was during his childhood experiences that he learned the importance of the environment.
Walker’s interest led him to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from American Public University, graduating from institutions with honors. His love for the field led him to research positions at the United States Geological Survey, National Park Service, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, among others. Walker has researched and explored the impact of climate change, invasive species in the Everglades, and has advocated for air, land, and water conversation.
Walker is president of the South Florida Audubon Society, sits on the Everglades Regional Conservation Committee, and is vice president of the Broward Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus. He is also involved with a wide range of professional associations. Walker’s conservation and environmental background provides a strong foundation for the important work of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as steward of Florida’s sustainability. He understands that without a healthy and thriving environment, the cornerstones of Florida’s economy will diminish.
Walker believes in protecting our natural resources and growing Florida. He was driven to run for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services due to recent disturbing policy changes that are detrimental to our environment, policies that will lead to pollution, discourage renewable energy, and accelerate climate change in order to benefit big businesses and the fossil fuel industry.
Walker has a genuine love for our state and its natural resources. He knows that Florida’s economy depends on the strength of our environment, and as Commissioner of Agriculture, he will ensure that we bolster our commitment to conserve Florida’s natural resources, public land, clean water, high food and nutrient standards, and grow our agriculture and aquaculture industries. He will work to encourage clean, renewable energy sources, protect our consumers, and grow local businesses and the economy. With your help, we will grow Florida together.
- Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management
- Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management
- Plant City Volunteer Firefighter
- Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama
- Researched with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Park Service, and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
- President of the South Florida Audubon Society
- Florida Master Naturalist Associate Instructor
- Sits on the Environmental and Sustainability Committee in his local hometown
- Member of Society of Wetlands Scientists, Society for Conservation Biology, American Fisheries Society, The Wildlife Society, and National Association of Environmental Professionals