Proud, Black & Queer, Darin Conley-Buchsieb, was born in Monterey, California and was raised humbly in a small town just outside of Monterey. The complexities of being Black in a hyper-affluent city, yet living in a diverse and financially insecure home and neighboring community, in the skin he is in, is what Darin believes has shaped his personal and professional inner compass, centered on an intersectional analysis and approach to how we live, how we work, and how we build a better community, together. While similarities are easy to spot, and likely even easier to understand or welcome, Darin often highlights the importance of differences and meeting people where they are at, in hopes that all involved, including himself, are left better than originally found.
Darin is a seasoned business strategist with ample legal, people (HR), culture, Equity/Diversity/ Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) expertise. For over 15 years, Darin has worked in a variety spaces including government public sector, private sector, law firms and not-for-profits. He has overseen organizational-wide reductions in force, implemented city-wide policies for over 36,000+ employees, headed the HR function and the HR Business Partner function for local, regional and national organizations, negotiated complex labor agreements, facilitated uncomfortable EDIB conversations and discussions, ran organizational internal communications, led all aspects of strategic HR (policy, employee relations, talent strategy, talent management, recruitment, people manager learning and development, succession planning, compensation and aligning HR practices to anti-racist behaviors), as well as connecting and aligning business strategies to the people who will execute said strategy best, the staff. Darin has led a career that has been, and continues to be, wholeheartedly committed to building a positive and healthy workplace culture for all, and one thing is for sure, he is going to have fun while he does it and always encourages others to find the fun in their high-functioning workplaces too.
Darin holds a B.A. in Communications from Bethany University, an Executive Masters in Human Resources Management from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Darin enjoys public speaking about people-first effective business strategies, EDIB, workplace culture, people data & analytics, all things Queen Beyoncé and has been a featured speaker domestically and internationally, including universities, conferences, workplaces and legal panels. Darin has had the privilege of speaking at various venues, including, but not limited to, Communicating the Arts in Montreal, Culture Business Conference in Sydney, Connect HR Leadership Summit & LinkedIn’s Talent Connect annual conference.
While Darin has an impressive background, he continues to state that none of that would matter if he didn’t share the same passion that ACCFB, and its people (staff, volunteers, and the community it serves) has for meaningful community and policy-driven action that supports those, who like his own family and himself growing up financially insecure, need the extra help to survive and thrive. To Darin, this isn’t just work, this is deeply personal, and he is all in.