Deputy General Manager - Administration & External Affairs: Dr. Natoya Walker Minor, Doctorate, Executive Leadership

Natoya Walker Minor joined the fleet as the Deputy General Manager of Administration & External Affairs in 2021. Fueled by great strategy and attention to detail, she leads the way in supporting and elevating GCRTA’s brand and impact with emphasis on leveraging partnerships across the community. Walker Minor leads five departments -- Marketing, Communications, Government Relations, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Diversity & Inclusion.


Walker Minor is a proud Cleveland Public Schools graduate who earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Toledo and her Master’s as a National Urban Fellow from the City University of New York, and a Doctorate of Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia.

To sharpen her leadership skills, Walker Minor has graduated from several leadership programs: Cleveland State University Leadership Academy, learned special skills in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University, studied state and local leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, traveled abroad as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, was a member of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2019, and earned a DEI certificate from Northwestern.

Prior to coming aboard with GCRTA, Walker Minor served the City of Cleveland, Office of the Mayor for 15 years, progressively expanding her leadership portfolio: Special Assistant of Public Affairs, Deputy Chief of Operations, and as Chief of Public Affairs.


To help drive her community, Walker Minor rides with the Boards of the CSU Leadership Academy, Cleveland Leadership Center, Cleveland Public TheatreJumpStart, Ohio Means Jobs Diversity Equity & Inclusion Subcommittees, and the Prevention Institute. She is a Member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In 2020 she was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a 2020 Woman of Note and in 2019 was the Phenomenal Woman Magazine feature for Women’s Month.