Darren Isom




The Bridgespan Group


Darren is an advisor to mission-driven organizations and co-leads Bridgespan’s work focused on racial equity in philanthropy. He hosts the podcast Dreaming in Color, which creates space for leaders of color to share how they have leveraged their unique assets and abilities to embrace excellence, drive impact, and more fully define what success looks like. 

Darren speaks and writes extensively on racial equity in philanthropy. His recent publications include: “Lessons on Leadership and Community from 25 Leaders of Color” (Harvard Business Review, 2022), “What Everyone Can Learn From Leaders of Color” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2022), “Endow Black-Led Nonprofits” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2021), and “Race and Place-based Philanthropy: Learnings from Funders Focused on Equitable Impact” (Bridgespan.org, 2021). 

Darren is a graduate of Howard University, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management.

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