Commissioner, America East Conference
Brad Walker is the commissioner of the America East Conference, he joined the conference in September 2021. Walker, just the fifth commissioner in America East’s 42-year history, brings over 15 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level as a senior-level administrator in multiple conference offices as well as five years of professional experience in the NBA, excelling in every role he has held.
His depth of experience and proven track record as a communicator, consensus builder and visionary in both collegiate and professional sports will greatly benefit our member institutions, fostering a community in which our athletics programs can continue to thrive both athletically and academically.
Walker has served as the NBA G League’s Head of Basketball Operations for the past five years overseeing the league’s day-to-day operations. During Walker’s tenure, the G League underwent aggressive expansion, adding 11 new franchises during that time. He also oversaw the development of the G League Youth Professional Pathway, Team Ignite, the first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Walker built a solid reputation as a senior level athletics administrator in the college ranks, spending a decade and a half as an associate commissioner at both the Ohio Valley and West Coast Conferences. At both stops, he made positive impacts that resulted in both leagues advancing forward in ways they had not previously.
In addition to previously served roles, Walker was formerly a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and the Division I Championships/Sports Management Committee. In 2004, he was a member of the 22-person class at the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males.
A 1996 graduate of Bentley University with a degree in marketing, Walker was a four-year contributor on the men’s basketball team. He captained the team his senior season, during which he earned All-Conference honors.