In 2015, Tunisha was named to City&State’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Albany” list and a “Rising Star” by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke in 2016. As a Senior Vice President, Tunisha Walker brings extensive knowledge of governmental and legislative affairs on a city and state level and experience in business development and grassroots/community organizing. She also provides technical assistance to the Capalino team.
Tunisha launched the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Consulting Group in 2015 to help businesses and MWBEs comply with city and state regulations to successfully secure government contracts. She is responsible for creating an MWBE Directory to connect MWBE and Non-MWBE companies together as primes and subcontractors for City and State goal requirements. In addition, she assists minority companies navigate through the MWBE certification process and help non-MWBEs understand the current regulations. Learn more about MWBE Consulting group here.
Prior to her role at Capalino+Company, Tunisha was the first African American woman to hold the position of Executive Director for the New York State Senate Conference of Black Senators, which is chaired by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson. She assisted Senators with addressing the needs of minority communities and has helped with putting forth signature pieces of legislation that were signed into law that have helped small business and local communities.
Tunisha also served as a NYS Senate Democrat External Relations Specialist, and was later appointed as an Affirmative Action Administrator with the NYS Department of Labor-Division of Equal Opportunity Development (DEOD) by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Just before leaving the New York State Department of Labor, Tunisha was the Affirmative Action Administrator for the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions-Apprenticeship Program in Albany, New York. Her focus while serving at the Department was reviewing equal employment discrimination complaints and conducting MWBE analysis reviews.
Tunisha’s extensive knowledge in politics and MWBE also stems from her years with The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in New York. At ACORN, Tunisha wore many hats, including: NYS Political Legislative Director, Political Campaign Organizer, Clergy Organizer and Co-chair of the Working Families Party (Nassau County Chapter) in Long Island. Tunisha inspired hundreds of clergy and organization members to rally and lobby in NYC, Albany and Washington, D. C. on issues from education, affordable housing, healthcare, living wages for NYC, immigration reform, and MWBE. While doing all of this, she also found time to assist with the coordination of local and state political races throughout New York City successfully. In all of her roles, Tunisha has stayed focus on her motto of making sure that communities of color continue to have a voice and equality for all.
Tunisha holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Science in Education from Buffalo State College (SUNY).
Tunisha is a proud native of Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. She is raising her two boys Quincy-Elton and Noah with her partner and best friend Harold C. Miller, Jr in New York.
- Member of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.,
- NCBW 100 Long Island Chapter