Rev. Harriett Walden has been a vocal advocate for peace issues since cofounding Mothers for Police Accountability in 1990. MFPA educates and coordinates parents and community organizations in addressing excessive police force. Rev. Walden also serves as the founder and director of the Family Empowerment Institute in Seattle, where she is working to break black-on-black crime. She has also been a Virtues Project facilitator since 1992, trained by founders Linda Kavelin Popov and Dr. Dan Popov.
Over the past two decades, Rev. Walden has been part of several efforts to bring about positive change in the area of community police issues. Among her achievements, Rev. Walden was appointed by Gov. Booth Gardner to the Juvenile Issues Task Force in 1991, and appointed by City Councilmember Sherry Harris to the Community/Police Task Force in 1992; she served on the Statewide Stop Youth Violence Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1994; she was appointed co-chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission in 2013; and serves as a current board member for the National Coalition for Police Accountability. Rev. Walden was also a catalyst for the implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team with the Seattle Police Department, developing a more humane response to people experiencing mental illness. The program was voluntary for patrol officers in 1998, and was made mandatory in 2000.
Rev. Walden is an accomplished facilitator, with many conferences and workshops to her credit. Most recently she has involved herself as summer faculty for the Children’s Defense Fund; presenter at the Giving Our Kids a Moral Start workshop; presenter at the Friendship of Reconciliation Conference, spring faculty at the Washington State Superior Court Judges Conference; artist, author and publisher of “Repetitious Journaling”; and master facilitator for the Virtues Project.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and reared in Sanford, Florida, Rev. Walden resides in Seattle. She is a mother of four sons, has four grandchildren, and is an avid reader who enjoys reading books on spirituality and philosophy.