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2014 Candidate Biography—Darlene Willis

Darlene Willis - Candidate PhotoDarlene Willis 

Intends to run for Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
San Diego, California

Personal and Professional Information

  • Co-founder of Concerned Parents Alliance, Inc.
  • President and CEO of Empowering Parents
  • Co-creator of the Million Parent WAKE-UP Challenge!℠
  • Co-founder of five college bound programs
  • 22+ years administrator for nationally recognized public universities
  • Co-author of "Empowering Parents: A Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Child’s Educational Journey"


PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • National PTA Field Service Committee member
  • National PTA member
  • Eastlake High School PTA member
  • Los Penasquitos Elementary School PTA member

Previous service includes:

  • PTA president for Thurgood Marshall Elementary
  • PTA member for Westview High School
  • PTA member for Black Mountain Middle School

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated’s San Diego Graduate Chapter
  • Co-chair of the California Alliance of African American Educator's San Diego Region
  • Mentor for underrepresented students
  • Volunteer for the Grandparents Connection

Previous service includes:

  • Inaugural co-chair for the Morehouse College Parent Council
  • Volunteer member for the Lupus Foundation
  • Participant in breast cancer walks

Honors and Awards

  • Maybelline New York Empowerment through Education Award
  • YMCA Twin Awards
  • Educator of the Year, Woman of the Year
  • KSWB Unsung Hero Award
  • Concerned Parents Alliance Hall of Education Award
  • 100% of the students in our non-profit have graduated from high school and had the choice of attending college for the past 12 years