Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy
New York, NY
Darren Mack was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in a community that was plagued with a high concentration of poverty, substandard schools, and high rates of unemployment among Black and Latino males. After being released from prison, Darren graduated with a B.A. degree in Social Studies from Bard College. Since his release, Darren has been actively engaged in working to dismantle New Jim Crow practices. He became a member of the Education From The Inside Out Coalition working to remove statutory and practical educational barriers for individuals impacted by the punishment system. He advocated in front of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus to push legislation to Ban The Box on college admission applications. Darren also advocated in front of the SUNY Board of Directors with members of the EIO Coalition. In 2016, SUNY decided to Ban the Box across all their campuses. Also in 2016, Darren was accepted into and completed a fellowship program with the New York Civil Liberties Union- Community Organizing Institute. Prior to joining JustLeadershipUSA as New York State Policy Organizer, Darren has been an active member of the organization, awarded with JLUSA’s very first Lawrence “Larry” Gelber Award for Justice in 2017 for his leadership on the #CLOSErikers campaign. Previously, Darren worked as a Project Coordinator for the Beyond the Bars Fellowship in the Center for Justice at Columbia University.