As Director of Student Ventures at Johns Hopkins University, Darius Graham leads entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives that help transform new technologies and novel ideas into viable ventures. Among these initiatives are FastForward U, a suite of resources and a network of innovation hubs for student entrepreneurs, and the Social Innovation Lab, a program that supports emerging ventures and leaders seeking to change Baltimore and the world.
A former Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, Darius has been recognized by Baltimore Business Journal as one of Baltimore’s 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program. He serves on CLIA’s Board of Directors, the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Board of Trustees, Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Leadership Council, and the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Impact Investing Subcommittee. Darius is a lecturer in the graduate management program at Goucher College where he teaches courses on social entrepreneurship. He is the author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World.
Darius previously founded DC Social Innovation Project, a non-profit initiative that provided funding and pro bono assistance to help launch and grow innovative, grassroots community initiatives in Washington, DC. He is a former Social Entrepreneur-In-Residence at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and has served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service.
Darius began his career as an associate in the corporate restructuring group at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law where he served as an editor of the California Law Review and as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.