Yvonne Walker is the President of SEIU’s Local 1000 and for 20 years she has dedicated her life to serving California through public provision. She began working for the State of California at the Department of Justice in 1995 as a legal secretary. She then made her way to the union, which led her to organize her coworkers at her job. Walker broke racial and gender barriers when she became the first African American woman president of SEIU Local 1000. Her societal focus has been making sure that fair wages and benefits were given to state workers—in the private and public sectors. She also holds the position of Vice President of SEIU International’s Executive Board.