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Darnell L. Williams

Darnell L. Williams
President & CEO
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Darnell Williams is president and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization providing services and programs in education, career and personal development and employment for African Americans and other residents of color. Prior to joining the Urban League, he was manager of management recruitment and development at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as well as a diversity consultant in private practice.

Williams was president of the Springfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served as the president of the NAACP New England Area Conference from 1996 to 2001. He is the former director for the United Way of Pioneer Valley and served as trustee of Bunker Hill Community College and Beaver Country Day School. He is a former board member of the Boston Workforce Development Coalition, the Boston Study Group, Chief Executives' Club of Boston, trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Federal Reserve Community Development Advisory Board.

In February 2008, he was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and in 2007, he was inducted into the Human Resources Alliance for African Americans (HRAAA) Hall of Fame. Williams earned his master's degree in Education from Boston University after completing his undergraduate degree at American International College in Springfield, MA.

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