A national thought leader in transportation policy and the mobility justice movement, Darnell Grisby joined TransForm as Executive Director in October 2020. He spent the previous 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.
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.
Darnell 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, among 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.