First Lady Tonette Walker was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following a career of more than 20 years in the insurance industry, she pursued employment with the American Diabetes Association. She currently works for the development department of the American Lung Association.
In her role as first lady, Mrs. Walker enjoys advocating for the well-being of the people of Wisconsin. She is now working in partnership with various foundations and nonprofit organizations to better recognize, understand and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families in Wisconsin. Through this partnership, she hopes to establish Wisconsin as a national leader in the trauma informed care movement.
Mrs. Walker also works regularly with Teen Challenge of Wisconsin, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of teens and young adults with substance abuse addictions. The first lady works to raise awareness for the group throughout the state and assists Teen Challenge in its fundraising and expansion efforts.
In response to the devastating Japanese tsunami and earthquakes of 2011, Mrs. Walker spearheaded the Wisconsin-Chiba Japan Relief Project, an ongoing effort to provide financial assistance to Japan in its time of need.
Additionally, the first lady invites the people of Wisconsin to “Walk with Walker,” as she visits some of Wisconsin’s most picturesque trails, parks and landscapes, promoting health and fitness while showcasing some of the beautiful but lesser known sites across the state.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Scott Walker, have two sons: Matt, a freshman in college, and Alex, a senior at the local public high school. They are active members of numerous charitable programs and with their church in Wauwatosa.