LaDreena Walton

Title IX & Civil Rights Investigator

LaDreena Walton comes to Grand River Solutions with extensive experience in higher education, law enforcement and employee relations.

LaDreena’s higher education experience ranges from leadership positions in the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at Cornell University and the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Kennesaw State University to adjunct teaching positions in paralegal studies and criminal justice in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Cornell, in addition to conducting investigations, LaDreena was responsible for expanding the University’s Consensual Relationship Policy.

LaDreena served as a Pretrial Services Officer in the U.S. Courts for more than five years, investigating defendants for the court by gathering and verifying information, including: conducting interviews with defendants, criminal history record checks, and conducting  reviews of court, educational, military, financial records, and employment records. As a pretrial services officer, LaDreena also prepared reports for the court; based on her investigations, the Court was able to make informed release decisions for criminal defendants. LaDreena also worked as an investigator for San Francisco’s Department of Police Accountability, performing investigative work in connection with complaints brought against members of law enforcement agencies by the public.

With regard to employee relations, LaDreena worked as an EEO programs specialist for San Francisco County’s Department of Public Health. LaDreena also went on to work as a Contractor Relations Manager at Amazon, investigating highly sensitive HR and Employee Relations issues, including: conducting complainant, witness, and subject employee interviews; proposing remedial action based on investigation findings, and consulting and collaborating with business partners, corporate ER teams, legal teams, and 3rd party vendors on complex employee investigations.

LaDreena earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice, minoring in sociology, and graduating Cum Laude from Howard University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University, earning a certificate in Social Justice and Public Interest: Criminal Law. LaDreena also earned a Master’s in Professional Studies from Cornell University.