Walter Morales
Enterpreneur & Educator

Meet the man behind the grant, Walter Morales

About Walter

Walter Morales is an accomplished and dedicated educator, with more than two decades of experience in the field of finance. His academic expertise stems from his time as a professor of finance at Louisiana State University. During his tenure at LSU, he was actively involved in numerous initiatives to improve the Baton Rouge community. Notably, Walter founded Commonwealth Advisors, Inc. in 1991, where he currently serves as its President and Chief Investment Officer.  Walter also is the founder of Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies, which run several charter schools in the Baton Rouge area.

In addition to his professional life, Walter is committed to addressing the significant racial disparities that exist in our society. He volunteers with a variety of local non-profit organizations and is part of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Racial Harmony Commission. Walter has dedicated a significant portion of his time to helping those who have been adversely affected by systemic racism, and he has played a major role in increasing awareness about racial injustice. He is passionate about giving back to the community and making it a better place for all.

Walter Morales is an inspirational leader and role model in the Baton Rouge area. His dedication to education, philanthropy, and advocating for racial justice is truly admirable. He continues to strive for a better future by investing in the Baton Rouge community and its people.


His tireless work in the fields of education, philanthropy, and racial justice has earned him tremendous respect in the Baton Rouge area. He is a highly experienced educator who continues to invest his time and energy into making the world a better place for all.

In 2023, Walter Morales launched his Grant for Future Educators to help the next generation of educators who want to invest in their communities and make an impact on the urban education system. This grant provides financial support to those wishing to pursue a career in education and make a real difference in the lives of students. The grant is designed to encourage applicants to strive for excellence in their teaching, be passionate about making a difference, and foster an environment of equity and inclusion.

Professional Credentials

Personal Life

  • Grew Up In Baton Rouge, LA
  • Devoted Catholic
  • Part of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Racial Harmony Commission

education background

  • Louisiana State University, 1984.  Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
  • Louisiana State University, 1993.  Master of Business Administration

Professional Experience

  • Chief Investment Officer.  Baton Rouge Bank Trust Division.  
  •  Founder, President, and Chief Investment Officer.  Commonwealth Advisors, Inc. 
  • Professor of Finance.  Louisiana State University.  
  •  Founder.  Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies.