About Tonette Walker
Tonette Walker was born and raised in Milwaukee. After working for 20 years in the insurance industry, she chose to devote her time to non-profit work and volunteering. She spent meaningful time working for the American Diabetes Association and now works for the American Lung Association.
Tonette is proud to use her role as First Lady to promote health and wellness in Wisconsin, and to improve the lives of hard-working families across the state.
A focus of her work as First Lady is the Fostering Futures Initiative. Through Fostering Futures, she works to expand the trauma-informed care movement across Wisconsin and help children who live with toxic stress. Trauma-informed care helps to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families. She hopes to make Wisconsin a national leader in this area.
Tonette frequently travels to meet and connect with the people of Wisconsin and to promote wellness through “Walk with Walker” at state parks and trails throughout the state. No matter the location, local residents, visitors, family, and friends always join the First Lady to get out and explore the state.
Along the way, Tonette meets the kind and generous people of Wisconsin and seeks to recognize them through the Wisconsin Heroes Award – a unique distinction aimed at honoring those who devote their time and energy to serving others.
Tonette also enjoys working with Teen Challenge of Wisconsin, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of adolescents and adults dealing with substance abuse. She assists Teen Challenge with expanding their reach and helps to raise awareness throughout the state.
Tonette and Scott have two sons – Matt works in digital media and Alex works as a political organizer in Wisconsin politics.