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Walton Family Foundation Names Romy Drucker Director of K-12 Education Program

November 10, 2021
Entrepreneur, strategist and district leader promoted to leadership role

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 10, 2021 – The Walton Family Foundation today named Romy Drucker director of the foundation’s K-12 Education Program, which focuses on supporting communities and families to ensure students are thriving academically and socially and are supported in finding their unique path to the careers and lives they choose.

“We believe that working together to solve the challenges we face as a country is more important than ever,” said Jim Walton, K-12 Education Committee chair. “Romy brings experience working with diverse partners and a willingness to try different community-driven approaches that help children and families.”

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With nearly 15 years of working on education issues, Drucker spearheaded the development of the K-12 Education Program’s new five-year strategy. Previously, she co-founded and led The 74, an award-winning nonprofit news organization focused on education. She held several senior leadership positions in the New York City Department of Education over five years, working to improve the quality of education for the city’s 1.1 million students.

“Romy’s deep support for community-driven change and a strong commitment to bringing diverse perspectives together to build solutions for children makes her the right leader for our K-12 Education Program at this critical moment,” said Caryl M. Stern, executive director of the Walton Family Foundation. “She brings the kind of hope and pragmatism that our efforts will require in the months and years ahead. Romy is part of a new generation of leaders we are excited to have lead our work.”

Drucker lives in New York City with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in Literature and Spanish language and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

About the Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.