Daren Howard is a social sector consultant and writer. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at InPlay, a nonprofit that seeks to increase equitable access to after school and summer learning programs. Daren earned his MBA at California State University Dominguez Hills, but will never be done learning.

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, After-School All-Stars
  • Director of Business Development, Partnership for Children & Youth
  • General Manager, Think Together

Education, Certification and Training  

  • Master of Business Administration; California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, 2017
  • Fundraising Academy; Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, 2019
  • Design Thinking iLab Facilitator; San Francisco Unified School District, 2016
  • Coaching Skills for Managers and Leaders, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, 2016
  • Certified Assessor, Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs; National Summer Learning Association, 2015
  • Certified Assessor, Program Quality Assessment; David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, 2015

Volunteer Experience

  • Board of Directors, InPlay. 2019-Present
  • Expanded Learning Policy Committee, California Department of Education, 2019-Present
  • After School Program Agency Qualification Review Committee, Oakland Unified School District, 2018
  • Summer Learning Program Planning Toolkit Development Committee; Wallace Foundation, 2018
  • Quality Design Team, Expanded Learning; California Department of Education, 2017-2018
  • Quality Improvement Guidebook Development Committee; California Afterschool Network, 2017-2018
  • Strategic Planning Design Committee; San Francisco Beacon Initiative, 2016
  • Grant Application Reader; Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, 2015-2016
  • School Climate and Culture Innovation Team; Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School, 2015
  • Steering Committee; Summer Matters, 2015-2016
  • Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; South Whittier School District, 2015
  • Expanded Learning Technical Assistance Provider; Los Angeles County Office of Education, 2014-2015
  • Community Health Advisory Board; Los Nietos School District, 2014
  • Program Quality Assessment Design Committee; THINK Together, 2013

Published Works

Speaking Engagements

  • Hsaio, R., McCalmont, J. & Howard, D. (2018). Scaling Summer 201: Shared Vision and Citywide Coordination. National Summer Learning Association Conference. Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Funk, M., Daraio, S., Lopez, F. & Howard, D. (2018). Shining the Light on Social-Emotional Learning: Program to Policy. BOOST Conference. Palm Springs, California.
  • Ginty, M., Buggs, F. & Howard, D. (2018). Designing a High-Quality Summer Learning Program. BOOST Conference. Palm Springs, California.
  • Howard, Daren. (2018). Design Thinking for Expanded Learning Educators. BOOST Conference. Palm Springs, California.
  • Howard, Daren. (2018). Coaching for Quality Programs; Ready by 21 – Forum for Youth Investment. West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Howard, Daren. (2017). Supporting Social Emotional Learning After School. Bridging the Bay – Alameda County Office of Education. Hayward, California.
  • Howard, Daren. (2017). Design Thinking for Youth Voice. Bridging the Bay – Alameda County Office of Education. Hayward, California.
  • Howard, D. & Gabay-Swanston, L. (2017). Scaling Summer 101: Building Community-wide Systems and Strategies for Summer Learning. National Summer Learning Association Conference. Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Howard. Daren. (2017). Quality Standards for Education in Public and Affordable Housing. Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. Washington, D.C.
  • Howard, Daren. (2016). Responsive Coaching Conversations that Empower Staff. Dare to Disrupt – School’s Out Washington. Seattle, Washington.
  • Howard, Daren. (2015). Summer Learning Day Keynote. United Way of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, California.

Disclaimer: Everything here is the personal opinion of Daren Howard and is not read or approved by any other party before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of his employer, clients, editors, or partner organizations.