The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation
When Darius Graham was in college he applied for a grant to help create a literacy program. He ended up being awarded the grant, which inspired him.
“It really showed me that I could have an idea for a way to serve a community and then actually get support and backing to do it,” he said.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida A&M University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, Graham worked a year as an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP before moving into the nonprofit field. He founded and served as director of the DC Social Innovation Project for three years. In 2014, he was named director of student ventures at Johns Hopkins University, where he led initiatives like FastForward U and the Social Innovation Lab.
Graham became program director of The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation in 2018. He serves as a conveyer and catalyst to help nonprofits drive change in Baltimore.
“I’m lucky to be in a role where I can not only learn about great things happening in Baltimore but also help provide resources to ensure they grow and last,” he said.
Serving as a board member for Venture For America – Baltimore and for the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Graham is also board co-chair for Community Law In Action (CLIA).
“A lot of people say that young people are the leaders of the future,” he said. “I like to think of the young people in CLIA’s programs as the leaders of today, because we are not telling them to wait until they are my age or older. We are saying, ‘You are in high school. You have a great idea. Here are the tools to help implement and improve your city right now.’”