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The Urban League of Philadelphia’s New President & CEO

Statement from ULP Board Chair – Keith Bethel 

After an extensive national search, the Urban League of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Darrin W. Anderson, Ph.D., has been selected as our next President & CEO.

Darrin is a brilliant and inspiring leader with over 25 years of experience providing strategic direction and guidance within the nonprofit sector.

He recently served as the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance’s CEO, leading key initiatives involving 31 independent YMCA associations representing $300 million in collective revenue. In addition, he has worked collaboratively with national donors, secured $50 million in government aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, and established the New Jersey YMCA Equity Committee and National Housing and Social Services. His primary focus is driving innovation, growth, and transformative change on behalf of marginalized and low-income communities. In addition, Darrin is responsible for helping to pass over 100 legislative bills and ordinances in New Jersey, assisting in removing social and economic barriers to good health and economic mobility.

Throughout the selection process, what most impressed the Board, was Darrin’s singular commitment to the mission and vision of the ULP. He will be a valued partner for our Board, a dedicated and compassionate leader for our staff, a committed visionary for our donors and stakeholders, and a tireless champion for the communities we serve.

Over our 106-year history, the ULP has served the Philadelphia region with professionalism, distinction, and an unwavering commitment to our core mission – to empower African Americans and other underserved people to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. We are excited to welcome Darrin as part of that legacy and look forward to introducing him.

Thank you,

Keith Bethel

ULP Board Chair

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