As LIFT-Chicago’s Operations Associate, Darius supports the Executive Director, the program team and the development team while ensuring the LIFT-Chicago office runs smoothly on a day to day basis.
Darius LIFTs because everyone deserves to be the narrator of their own story. Providing families with tools and resources to unlock their innate potential blocked by systematic oppression allows people to change the narrative often told about disenfranchised communities.
Darius originally hails from Colorado where he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Darius’ enthusiasm for service work began when he joined an interactive theater ensemble dedicated to creating on campus dialogue and discourse about social justice issues including racism, sexism and cultural inclusivity.
After graduating college, Darius moved to Chicago to spread his wings and immerse himself in Chicago culture. Before arriving at LIFT, Darius worked for American Friends Service Committee facilitating social justice after-school programs in various Chicago Public High Schools. While most of his work in Chicago Public Schools focused on youth immigration rights, Darius and his students also tackled issues such as homophobia and islamophobia in public schools. After working for AFSC, Darius began working as a case manager for an LGBTQ Youth homeless shelter on Chicago’s West Side. Through compassion, empathy and relationship building, Darius was able to successfully help several youth realize their potential and transition to independent living.
Aside from service work, Darius loves all things pop culture. He enjoys traveling around the U.S. to see his favorite band, electronic space funk jam band, STS9 play. Darius recognizes Beyoncé as his queen and has a healthy obsession with peanut butter.