Executive Director Velma Korbel Appoints Danielle Shelton Walczak as Complaint Investigations Division Director
October 26, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is pleased to announce that Danielle Shelton Walczak has joined the department as Director, Complaint Investigations. Shelton Walczak most recently served as the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
Danielle Shelton Walczak started her career as a District Court law clerk. In that position she researched and wrote judicial opinions on various criminal and civil court matters. Later, she joined the law firm of Blackwell, Igbanugo, Engen & Saffold (currently known as Blackwell Burke) as an associate. During her tenure she worked on class action litigation; provided defense representation for a Fortune 50 client; and provided defense work for national corporations in the areas of employment contracts, trademark, and copyright law. Before joining the MSBA, Shelton Walczak owned and operated a solo law practice for eight years.
Shelton Walczak received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, and her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Throughout her career Shelton Walczak has been an active leader in the MSBA’s Diversity and Women in the Legal Profession Committee and the United States Tennis Association’s Diversity Committee. Shelton Walczak also served as a member of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights from September 2011 through March 2014.
Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Shelton Walczak this way, “Danielle is going to be great in her new role leading the Complaint Investigations Division because she is passionate about equity and fairness, and demonstrates a commitment to high quality work. Her energy is exactly what we need right now to ensure the Complaint Investigations Division continues to fulfill the mission and purpose of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance. Danielle is deeply committed to civil rights enforcement and understands the importance of fostering relationships and building coalitions with the community. She is an innovative leader with management experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors. I am excited to welcome her to the Civil Rights leadership team!”
Shelton Walczak is a blogger, former freelance business writer for Yahoo, and a former Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She begins her work in the City, today, October 26, 2015.