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MEET DARIEN

Darien grew up in a working-class family on the East side of Fort Worth and learned from an early age the value of hard work, and the importance of a quality public education.  Darien attended East Handley and Morningside Elementary, Dunbar Middle School and North Side High School.  His first paying job was as a dishwasher and bus boy at Charlie’s Pizza and he worked throughout high school.  After graduating from FWISD, Darien worked two jobs to pay his way through college. At 26, he started Mackenzie Eason & Associates, a small firm that has grown into a company that helps companies, municipalities and organizations develop their culture, DEI initiatives, and identify, develop, and retain high performing talent.

 

Along the way, Darien never lost sight of the need to serve and help build stronger communities. For the last 20 years, Darien has volunteered and served on numerous community boards to give back to the city which has given him so much.  As a member of the Optimist Club, Darien has mentored and coached disadvantaged youth.  He created a scholarship fund to give eligible FWISD students a full, 2-year scholarship to attend Tarrant County Community College.  As a member of the executive council for Read Fort Worth, Darien recognized a severe lack of support and funding in several early childhood daycare facilities.  He organized fundraisers and donation drives to help provide the resources our Fort Worth children need and deserve. 

 

Professionally, Darien is dedicated to improving the talent of the City of Fort Worth workforce.  Working closely with city leadership, Darien's firm helped hire more diverse leaders, with 76% of his searches placing new leaders from under-represented populations. Through his efforts at the City, Darien has worked with nearly every department to understand it’s functions, budgets, as well as the strengths and weaknesses within the City.

 

Extremely active in his Berkeley neighborhood, Darien served on the board and as president to their neighborhood association for five years. During that time, Darien worked closely with the City and seven neighborhoods to secure a redesign of three major railroad crossings for a more safe and quiet crossing for children of the surrounding neighborhoods. He won both the Neighbor of the Year Award and helped Berkeley earn the Neighborhood of the Year award in 2018 for his efforts.

 

Darien and Laurie have been married for nine years.  If you spend more than a few moments talking with Darien you will likely hear him brag on his wife, a former FWISD educator, whom he considers to be his perfect counterbalance.  Together they have three children; a seven year old son who attends FWISD, a five year old son with autism who attends Jane Justin School, and a four year old daughter through adoption.  Being the father of both neurodiverse and racially diverse children has only strengthened Darien’s passion for equity in our community.

 

As our next City Council member, Darien will be a constant advocate for our neighborhoods, fight to build a strong tax base, and rebuild our economy from the devastating effects of the pandemic. Darien will prioritize public safety and is committed to passing sensible police reforms to strengthen our Public Safety to ensure all members of the community feel safe.

Current and Past Civic Involvement: 

  • Fort Worth Neighbor of the Year, 2018

  • Fort Worth Public Library Foundation 

  • Read Fort Worth, Executive Council

  • Coached Football, Baseball, & Soccer for Underprivileged Youth

  • Board of Adjustment, Former Chair  

  • Optimist Club of Fort Worth, Board Member  

  • Downtown Rotary, Member

  • City of Fort Worth Sports Advisory Council, Executive Council

  • Leadership Fort Worth 

  • 40 Under 40 Award, Fort Worth Press

  • Fort Worth Top 400 Influential People, Fort Worth Magazine