Alumna Dissertation Focuses on Understanding Power in Cross-Sector Partnerships

Cross-sector partnerships are becoming increasingly common, however questions remain regarding the effectiveness of these partnerships and if the many challenges of using them can be overcome. Dr. Kimberly (Kim) Walker explores the intersection of cross-sector partnerships and power in her newly published dissertation entitled, The Construction and Impact of Power in Cross-Sector Partnerships: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study. The findings revealed that power presented in six different ways: resources, structures and processes, identity, resistance, formal leadership, and framing and communication.

Dr. Walker is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy-serving organization with five offices across the United States. In this role, she manages Arabella’s internal DEI strategy and works towards a more diverse staff, a more inclusive culture, and a more equitable future. Her work prior to this was focused on capacity building, both as an external consultant to communities and organizations working on homelessness and other social issues and working internally with organizations on learning and development. She has a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Master’s in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.


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