The goal of making nonprofit boards diverse isn’t easy. But Jericho Road Pasadena is committed to helping nonprofits be more inclusive. With inspirational volunteers like Darryl Hallie and JRP’s Diversity Task Force, we will empower more voices to be heard, which will assist nonprofits to be more effective in their missions. As an important connector between volunteers and nonprofits, JRP wants to make sure that its own volunteer base is reflective of the Pasadena community, and that we help local nonprofits have strong boards.
Darryl Hallie is a member of Jericho Road Pasadena’s Diversity Task Force, who brings a wealth of skills and life-long connections in the Pasadena community to his volunteer work. Darryl is one of 10 kids, raised by a single mother. He always felt blessed, and believed it was important to give back to the community. Over the past 30 years, few people have done as much as Darryl to give back and make a difference in the community.
Darryl started his community involvement early in his career at Wells Fargo. After the 1992 riots, John Bryant founded the nonprofit organization Operation Hope, a program to teach inner city school children, primarily minorities, about financial literacy. Darryl got involved and would go to city schools to provide guidance to the students about personal finances. He loved working with the kids and the schools found Darryl, a successful African American businessman, to be a strong mentor.
Based on the success of Operation Hope, regional schools such as USC asked Darryl to assist with a larger program for inner city high school kids called “College Within.” The program was designed to assist foster children, mainly minorities, with preparation for college. The sponsors wanted Darryl to focus on providing guidance to the kids about preparing for college, helping them to better understand the grades and background needed to get into these top schools. Soon, Darryl was speaking at seminars for up to 1,500 minority high school kids about college prep and financial literacy at expos and conventions sponsored by Wells Fargo.
In addition to his full time job at Wells Fargo and his increasing commitment to social work, Darryl decided to get his law degree. Recently, Darryl left his job at Wells Fargo to focus on his private law practice. As part of his practice, Darryl provides pro bono services for a number of low income and minority clients, helping them with housing challenges, family matters, bankruptcy and juveniles in trouble.
If that was not enough, Darryl has been a volunteer for the nonprofit Pasadena Tournament of Roses for over 15 years. He has served as a Director on the Tournaments Foundation, served two years on its Executive Committee, and is now Vice Chairman of the Community Relations Committee. As part of his roles with the Tournament, Darryl meets with nonprofits across the San Gabriel Valley, providing guidance regarding their grant applications to the Foundation, making presentations to their members, and sometimes sitting on their advisory and task force panels, including the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Darryl is also a strong advocate, fundraiser, and volunteer for skid row missions.
One of Darryl’s passions is to find and encourage more African Americans to give back to their community by getting involved with local nonprofits, including joining nonprofit boards of directors. Nonprofits across Southern California recognize they need to have more Board members who are representative of the populations they serve, and several are working with Darryl to help recruit candidates.
Darryl joined JRP’s Diversity Task Force in September 2014, with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusion on nonprofit boards. Our Diversity Task Force, and Darryl in particular, have connected JRP to nonprofits, churches and social clubs within a variety of communities of color. Darryl stated “I am committed to assisting JRP with its mission to increase diversity and inclusion of minorities, especially African Americans, on the boards of local non-profits. We find many organizations that have very little diversity on their boards willing to voluntarily take on such a task. I applaud JRP for its initiative and efforts to take on this mission, and it has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on JRP’s Diversity Task Force.”