Darryl grew up in Fontana, California, sixty miles east of Los Angeles. He graduated from Fontana High School where he played on the varsity tennis team and was a member of the chess club. He graduated from UC, Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with honors. After Santa Cruz, he attended the University of Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy.
After Chicago, Darryl moved to the District of Columbia as an Urban Fellow in the local government where he worked as a Budget Analyst in the Mayor’s Budget Office. Leaving the Mayor’s Budget Office, he became the Senior Budget Analyst for the University of the District of Columbia.
Darryl has worked as the Senior Management Analyst in the City of Berkeley, in the Department of Public Works, working in the areas of budget, capital projects, and fiscal planning.
In November 2000, he was elected to the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees representing the cities of Albany, Emeryville, and Berkeley and becoming the first openly gay African-American elected to office in the East Bay.
In November 2004 Darryl was elected to the Berkeley City Council to a four year term. He is the representative for District 2 covering South-West Berkeley and represents the Council on the Berkeley Public Library Board of Trustees. He also served as the Chairperson, Treasurer, and Board member for the National Black Justice Coalition a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works towards social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.