Darla DeGrace, CEO and DEI Strategist
Darla, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and first-generation college graduate, earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and a graduate degree from Simmons University School of Management. Her career spans over two decades and she has been recognized as a subject matter expert on building diverse teams and creating more inclusive work cultures.
Darla has a proven track record of building strategic recruitment partnerships, successfully launching employee resource groups, and facilitating diversity and inclusion professional development workshops. She worked to establish and nurture the relationship between Reebok and Howard University leading to the brand’s first formal partnership and internship program with an HBCU. She championed and launched Reebok's first POC ERG leading to the development of several other resource groups including the LGBTQ and passport diversity ERGs. She has held positions and consulted on similar projects with notable organizations including: Akamai Technologies, AlwaysFits, City Year, Inc., Lupoli Companies, National Black MBA Association, Legacy Global Sports, US Department of Education and Year Up, Inc.
Today, Darla serves as CEO, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist for DeGrace Group Consulting LLC, a thriving diversity staffing and culture solutions firm she launched in 2017. DeGrace Group clients span multiple sectors including government agencies, global corporate and national non-profit clients. She is the President Emeritus and Executive Board Member for the National Black MBA Association-Boston, Co-Chairs The BASE Women’s Leadership Council, is a Member of the Board of Trustees for The Boys and Girls Clubs and recent GLAD Board Member (2017-2019). She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as Commissioner on both the Black Advisory and the Plymouth 400 Commissions.
In her spare time, you can find Darla enjoying motherhood, mentoring the next generation of DEI leaders and challenging gentrification. She recently launched Lincoln Way Projects, LLC., a real estate investment group committed to the revitalization of urban communities - named after the public housing development she grew up in.