He was President of the Springfield Branch NAACP, and President of the NAACP New England Area Conference. In February 2008, he was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), and in 2009 began serving on the MBTA's Retirement Board. He also sits on the Co-operative Central Bank Board of Directors. He has served on many Boards and Committees, including the Boston Study Group, Chief Executives' Club of Boston, and MGH Multicultural Community Advisory Committee. In January 2013, he was elected to the position of President of the Association of Executives of the National Urban League (AOE) and also appointed as a trustee to the National Urban League Board of Directors.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino presented Darnell with the 2003 Community Service Award. He received the 2005 Paul Parks Veteran's Community Service Award. He was appointed Chairman of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee (RSMPOC) in 2005. In 2007, Darnell was inducted into the Human Resources Alliance for African Americans (HRAAA) Hall of Fame.
Darnell earned his Master's degree in Education from Boston University after completing his undergraduate degree at American International College in Springfield, MA.
Advisory Board Member
Darnell Williams is President/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts since 2001. Prior to joining the League, Darnell was Manager of Management Recruitment and Development at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a Diversity Consultant in private practice.