Mr. Darick J. Simpson Biography
DARICK J. SIMPSON
Long Beach, CA. 10 Most Powerful People, 2012 Leadership to secure $18 Million Contract
CCEJ Humanitarian Award 2016 Co-Created the Public Access Digital
Published Author National Strengths Finder Trainer
Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP)
Executive Director, May 01, 2006 – Present
Provide leadership and management that has transformed agency from 24 staff and a $1.3 million budget to 75 staff and $10 million budget. Created an agency Brand that is now recognized as a leading non-profit in the city of Long Beach and State of California assisting families to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Long Beach City College
Project Coordinator/Professional Development Trainer, September 2003 – April 2006
Tech Prep Manager, Grant Writer, Interim Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Manager
As the Interim SBDC Manager duties included budget management, program development, vendor relations, community collaborations and marketing of SBDC programs and services.
Co-Authored the Project Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Strategies) grant for Out of School Youth that received recognition from the California Community College Chancellors office for it’s innovative program design and impact on youth.
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Buffum-Downtown Branch, Executive Director, February 2001 – January 2003
Provided leadership in initiatives to establish the Buffum-Downtown YMCA as a provider of programs that address academic enrichment, healthy lifestyles and character development.
Managed to complete two consecutive years with a balanced budget for the first time in over a decade of operations for the Buffum-Downtown Branch
Dearborn St. YMCA
CEO, 1997 - 2001
Provided leadership and management expertise for the daily operations of the Dearborn YMCA including marketing, program, staff and financial development, strategic planning and board development.
Increased the annual operations budget from $477,838 to $700,000 and established Dearborn as one of the leading United Way Agencies in Southwest Alabama
Long Beach Community Partnership
President, Long Beach, California 1994-1996
Provided leadership and facilitation expertise for the collaborative efforts of business, government, education and community leaders in strategies to enhance the quality of life in greater Long Beach.
Leader in collaborative effort that successfully streamlined the business license and permit process
Collaborated in unprecedented efforts to create a world class seamless K-16 education system
Los Angeles Minority Business Development Center
Director, 1993 - 1994
Directed consultant’s efforts to provide management and technical assistance to minority business owners in Los Angeles County.
Re-established center as leading resource for minority business assistance
Established remote outreach center to serve businesses in San Fernando Valley
Bank of America, Los Angeles, California
Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer 1992 - 1993
Managed administration of $25 million dollar rebuild Los Angeles fund after the 1992 civil unrest
Reviewed business lending division CRA program and recommended new loan programs that could better meet the needs of small business customers
Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, California
Vice President 1983 - 1992
Scored the highest performance rating possible as a manager in telecommunications while progressing quickly to gain visibility at the vice chairman level of the corporation.
Designed/implemented the Security Pacific Video Network (S.P.V.N.) which provided video conferencing for middle managers and saved the corporation an average of $25,000 per month
Represented the corporation throughout the Western United States enhancing community relations and providing important insight to executive management
WKRG-TV (CBS), Mobile, Alabama
Production/News Video Photographer, 1979 - 1983
Studio Camera, Lighting, Directing and News Video Photographer