Visionary Alumnus Honored

Darin Chidsey MBA ’11 receives Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) Visionaries Award

December 04, 2017

Darin Chidsey MBA ’11, an alumnus of the USC Marshall School of Business and the Southern California Leadership Network’s (SCLN) fellowship program, was honored at the Southern California Leadership Network Visionaries Awards gala on Nov. 30 at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Chidsey is chief operating officer of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing over 18 million people, 191 cities and six counties. Since becoming COO in 2016, Chidsey has been responsible for driving the vision and strategies of the agency, as well as leading the implementation of new regional initiatives. Prior to that, he served as SCAG’s director of strategy, policy and public affairs.

“Darin has demonstrated commendable skill and dedication to making a positive impact on the region, state and nation,” said Nancy Olson, executive director of SCLN, which was founded in 1987 to train and develop a network of leaders in the business, government and community sectors of Southern California. “His work exemplifies the SCLN mission of driving change.”

Chidsey is a two-time SCLN alumnus, having completed the Leadership Southern California fellowship in 2008 and the California Connections fellowship in 2012. In addition to his role on SCAG’s executive management team, he also serves on the SCLN board.

“It is a great honor to be recognized alongside some of the region’s most admirable innovators and role models,” Chidsey said. “SCLN’s fellowship programs have been instrumental in developing a strong class of leadership for Southern California.”

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, SCLN is honoring 30 outstanding alumni of its fellowship programs. Sharing the stage with Chidsey will be such civic and community leaders as U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Maria Contreras-Sweet, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Juan Devis, chief creative officer for KCET; and Danielle Brazell, general manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.