Don Walker, Controller
Don Walker joined the staff at Equality Florida as Accounting Manager in June, 2014. Licensed by the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant, he is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and serves on the FICPA's LGBT Task Force.
Don has 8 years experience in the public and private accounting sectors, and specializes in Not-For-Profit accounting. He graduated magna cum laude in 2011 from University of South Florida-St Petersburg with a B.S. in Accounting.
In 2013, at the request of FICPA chairman Ken Strauss, Don joined seven other Florida CPAs including the first openly gay Florida State Representative David Richardson to form the FICPA LGBT Task Force, ensuring Florida's LGBTQ community has a voice statewide within the accounting profession and preparing Florida CPAs to better serve their LGBTQ clients as the political and legal landscape shifted and evolved over the last few years.
Prior to entering the accounting profession, Don traveled extensively under the world's oceans, serving honorably as a U.S. Navy Chief onboard nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, managing a team of nuclear reactor operators and overseeing the maintenance of all reactor instrumentation, control and alarm systems.
Don married his late husband, Mike, in Maryland in July 2013, following a 17-year engagement, and lives in St Petersburg with their yellow lab, Cody.