2020 Shero: Mariah Walker, A United Nations Conference Panelist on Homelessness

Mariah Walker, a 2013 Nyack College alumna representing her employer Church World Service, was a panelist at the United Nations Headquarters conference, “Communities Solving Homelessness: Building Local Capacity & Accountability.”

Panelists were (l-r) Eitan Peled, Child Migration & Protection Program Manager, UNICEF USA; Mary Kate Costello, Senior Policy Analyst & UN Representative, The Hunger Project; Maurice A. Bloem, Executive Vice President, Church World Services, moderator; Mariah Walker, Asylum Seeker Case Manager, Church World Service; and Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder & CEO, Pearls Africa, 2018 CNN Heroes Honoree.

Mariah, who earned her Nyack undergraduate degree in intercultural studies, addressed asylum seeker homelessness based on her current role with Church World Service as a case manager and her previous experience at the Hope Refugee Drop-In Center in Buffalo, NY, an outreach of the Jericho Road Ministries. She and fellow panelist, Eitan Peled of UNICEF, USA addressed “programming methodologies that help ensure safe intermediary housing for migrant and displaced persons, especially girls and young women, as well as how to best engage host communities in ensuring safe and affordable housing.”

Passionate about being a voice for the voiceless and empowering the marginalized to use their voices, Mariah Walker is a Nyack alumna making history.