Emerging Business & Nonprofits (Advisor)
Darian Rodriguez Heyman has a history of building businesses and creating community. After five years of service, Darian recently stepped down as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting emerging nonprofit leaders. While there, he helped launch Nonprofit Boot Camp, a one-day conference that quickly grew into the largest nonprofit gathering in San Francisco Bay Area history, and he also helped launch the Environmental Nonprofit Network and the Next Generation Leadership Forum. Heyman also served as a Commissioner for the Environment and Operations Committee Chair for the City and County of San Francisco, where he helped pass the largest solar rebate program in the country. For his work, Independent Sector labeled him a “Vital Voice” in the nonprofit sector in their 2007 annual report. Currently, Heyman is editing Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals, which will include contributions from 37 recognized nonprofit leaders. He recently developed key messaging and materials for the Carbon War Room, an environmental nonprofit started by Sir Richard Branson to harness the power of entrepreneurs to solve climate change, and is in the process of starting Code Green, an ad agency and consultancy for the green economy. Heyman advises the United Nations’ GAID program and sits on the board of Project Ahimsa, a global effort to empower children through music, and he helps produce the annual Power to the Peaceful festival in San Francisco, a free concert for peace and social justice that draws crowds of over 70,000.