A native of Harlem, New York, Mr. Darris is an executive leader specializing in turnarounds, fundraising, and strategic planning for small and mid-sized organizations. In 2014, he served as the Interim Executive Director for OTX West, a non-profit with a 20+ year history of addressing the digital divide in Oakland, California. Within 12 months, he secured a commitment of $2,000,000 in grant funding, doubling the annual budget, cultivated a diverse board of advisors, and sourced and on-boarded a permanent executive director. Prior to joining OTX West, Mr. Darris spent 15 years in the private sector, with the later years as an exceptional, top performing business development executive and strategic leader. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, Columbia Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.