William Faulkner said, "To understand the world, you first must understand a place like Mississippi." Walter Howard Zinn, Jr. has committed and dedicated himself to doing just that by engaging citizens across Mississippi and the country through his work in political campaigns, community advocacy, and public service. Currently, Walter independently consults offering services ranging from developing political, legislative, and communication and outreach strategies, media placement, public referend a, research and other professional services.

Walter served as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayors’ Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Chokwe Lumumba; where he directed the legislative agenda for the City of Jackson, MS. His successes include gaining authorization for a local option sales tax-the second in last 30 years in Mississippi-for water, waste water, and road infrastructure valued at $300M dollars; and over $15M in state and federal appropriations; expanded composition of Jackson Public School Board of Trustees—making it the largest school board in the state, and helped the city gain legislative authority to address delinquent properties.

Walter also served as co-chairman for ARRA “Stimulus” funding committee overseeing $12M in funding ranging from energy efficiency improvements to ; coordinated over $25M request strategy for federal appropriations; established a green sustainability working committee to research and implement green initiatives for City of Jackson and was responsible for the successful EPA award of Greening America’s Capitals; was responsible for the coordination and implementation of $500,000 EDA Redevelopment Project strategy; worked with Homelessness Prevention committee on implementing 10 year Plan to End Homelessness; Steering Committee for Men’s Health Conference and Conference to End Health Disparities; fought for funding and technological resources for Jackson Police and Fire Department's. Walter’s political career includes clerking for former U.S. Representative and now current U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; campaigns including former Supreme Court Justice James “Jim” L. Roberts, Attorney General Jim Hood, former U.S. Representative Travis Childers special election, Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove's bid for U.S. Senate, Iowa Senator Rita Hart, and Circuit Judge Carol Richards.

Walter received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in History and Political Science; and his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He was a 2006 Kellogg Law Fellow for the NAACP in Baltimore, MD and also served as a 2005 Fannie Lou Hamer Law Fellow for the MS Workers’ Center for Human Rights.