Darren Isom is a manager with The Bridgespan Group, a non-profit strategy and management consulting firm. At Bridgespan, he's worked with many nonprofit and foundation clients in youth and community development, foundation strategy, and education policy.
He came to Bridgespan after seven years of direct services in New York where most recently he worked as the Art, Design, and Public Programming director for Times Square Alliance. There he planned, implemented, and developed programming and funding for temporary public art and performance initiatives throughout the Times Square District. Prior to working at Times Square Alliance, Darren served as the program director for Groundwork, a start-up youth services organization in East New York, Brooklyn, helping young people in underserved communities develop their strengths and skills through experiential learning and enrichment programs. Before joining Groundwork, Darren worked as the director of Global Logistics for CSI, an international trade finance group, where he managed strategy, organization, and change management projects in Belgium, Spain, France, The Netherlands, and Germany. Earlier in his career, Darren was the outreach director for Summerbridge DC, at Sidwell Friends School. There he recruited and managed over 150 volunteers from schools and companies throughout the Washington, DC, area while overseeing the organization's relationship with other nonprofits and coordinating all outreach and youth development initiatives.
Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies, Darren spent two years in France as a Fulbright Fellow, earning a MA in International Relations while studying French immigration policy and xenophobia towards immigrant communities in Parisian suburbs and working to develop programs with community organizations to draw attention to their plight and affect change in their neighborhoods. He returned to Paris in the spring of 2010 as a lecturer in Sciences Po's School of Public Administration, presenting courses in Nonprofit Strategic Management and American Minority Politics and Public Policy.
A native of New Orleans, Darren is a graduate of Howard University, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and Columbia Business School's Institute for Nonprofit Management.