Formerly Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Celebrating the Life of Dorothy Walker

We are deeply saddened by the passing of the exceptional Dorothy Walker. A trailblazer, advocate, and beacon of change, Dorothy’s extraordinary contributions to city planning and her lifelong dedication to justice and equity have left an unforgettable mark on Berkeley.

Dorothy’s commitment to equity and justice spanned decades, from school desegregation in the 1960s to housing equity and supply in the 2010s. Over a decade ago, Dorothy joined forces with Terrie Light, retired Executive Director of BFHP, on the development of the Hope Center and Berkeley Way. 

“Dorothy and Terrie’s partnership and sheer determination is what made the Hope Center and Berkeley Way a reality. Dorothy showed us that when you are on a housing mission, you don’t stop until there is housing for all,” said Calleene Egan, CEO of Insight Housing (formerly Berkeley Food & Housing Project). “One of our last conversations with Dorothy was about the power of family and community, and how much we need more housing so everyone can thrive. She was a true advocate and hero.” 

In April 2022 at our Agency Breakfast, Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguín issued a proclamation from the City of Berkeley celebrating Dorothy and her lifetime of work. We were honored to host her during the construction of the building and finally see its ribbon-cutting in October 2022. 

We honor Dorothy’s memory and the profound influence she had on our community. Her unyielding dedication, resilience, and spirit will continue to guide us in our pursuit of a more equitable and just society.

Rest in power, Dorothy. Your legacy will live on, forever remembered and cherished in our hearts and work.


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