A national thought leader in transportation policy and the mobility justice movement, Darnell Grisby joined TransForm as Executive Director in 2020. In March 2021, he was appointed to serve on the California Transportation Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom.
When Darnell was growing up in Southern California, limited transportation options, under-investment, and over-policing shaped his perspectives and set him on a path to public service and advocacy. He believes that explicitly anti-racist policy will confront the interlocking systems of oppression that underlie so many of our housing and transportation investments and policies, with economic and social benefits for all.
Prior to joining TransForm, Darnell spent nine years as Director of Policy Development and Research at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), where he helped to raise its profile and the impact of its advocacy. Previously, he served as a legislative director and senior advisor in the California State Legislature and a lobbyist in Sacramento before working at Reconnecting America, a think tank devoted to smart growth. He has deep policy expertise in housing affordability, transit-oriented development, and the intersection of transportation and housing finance.
Darnell has been quoted or featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and Bloomberg, and many other outlets. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at UCLA and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.