Chief Operating Officer
Ron Walker serves as COO at Rasky Partners where he plays a key role in operations, finances, and strategic growth.
Walker is a nationally recognized business leader and workforce development expert with extensive public and private expertise in corporate strategy, government, banking, customer acquisition, executive level management, business integration, and strategic planning. With a successful career as an executive level banker and strategic consultant to companies and entrepreneurs, he brings a wealth of experience in economic development, finance, and innovative strategies to Rasky Partners.
Prior to joining Rasky Partners, Walker was appointed in 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Under his leadership as Secretary, the administration made significant improvements in the development of the Commonwealth’s labor force. Walker fostered a focus on regional strategies to address workforce development and economic growth which resulted in the largest Massachusetts labor force since 1976, and a historic low of the unemployment rate of 2.8%, at times.
Additionally, during his tenure, Secretary Walker oversaw five workforce agencies, chaired the Commonwealth Corporation, placed a strong emphasis on labor standards, unemployment assistance, and workers compensation programs, and the Department of Industrial Accidents, among other duties. He also chaired the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet and the state workforce board.
Prior to his appointment, Walker was co-founder and President of Next Street Financial, LLC, a merchant bank that provides strategic advice and access to capital to companies and entrepreneurs nationally. He has held several corporate executive positions in large financial institutions including leading the bank’s advisory board.
When he is not advising the firm, Ron continues to invest his time and expertise in growing companies, creating jobs, and connecting businesses to resources to drive results.
Read Ron’s “Meet the Expert” feature from January 22, 2018 here.