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Daryel Dunston

Daryel Dunston

Daryel Dunston

Senior Director, Place Pathway
Why do you do what you do?

My personal and professional life has been rooted in service for as long as I can remember. I feel obligated to honor the generosity and selflessness of those who assisted me with a hand up by paying it forward to others. It truly takes a village to improve conditions and opportunities for the most vulnerable among us, and I am committed to doing my part to promote positive change.

What drew you to the foundation?

In addition to the foundation’s accomplished leaders, SFF’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity, with an emphasis on action over rhetoric, really resonates with my core values. Folks are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves, from top to bottom, and that is a culture I readily welcome.

How would you describe your role?

I lead a dynamic team focused on ensuring all residents, especially people of color earning low incomes, can live, work, thrive, and create in the Bay Area. This is accomplished through grantmaking efforts aimed at advancing equity through the arts, as well as grantmaking that prioritizes the protection, preservation, and production of affordable housing throughout the Bay Area.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I currently serve as the Board Chair of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy Alumni Association. I am also a member of the Goldman School’s Board of Advisors. As a former chapter president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (historical Black Greek-lettered organization), I remain engaged and supportive of local and national initiatives.

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