Tom Darden is the Executive Director of Make It Right. He worked with the Make It Right Board to raise over $40 million from more than 31,000 donors, managed the design process with 21 architectural firms, and developed Make It Right’s award-winning LEED Platinum homes and buildings. Under Tom’s leadership, the Make It Right neighborhood in New Orleans has become the largest, greenest development of single family LEED Platinum homes in the world, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Tom was named Louisiana’s 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Administration. In 2012, he received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in the N.G.O. Sector Award. He also was a member of the Super Bowl XLVII Environmental Host Committee.
As Make It Right’s first volunteer in December of 2006, Tom conducted initial due diligence efforts on the feasibility of Brad Pitt’s concept for building green, affordable housing on a large scale in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Tom’s research evolved into the first strategic plan for Make It Right.
Prior to joining Make It Right, Tom worked as a development consultant in Washington, D.C., evaluating former manufacturing and mining sites in the D.C. metropolitan market, including the site where the largest dinosaur bone unearthed on the east coast of North America was discovered. Tom’s efforts made it possible to reclaim the mine and preserve the archaeologically significant site. In addition, Tom helped establish a start-up telecommunications company and founded Arbor Equity, a real estate firm in Raleigh, N.C. committed to sustainable development.
Tom received a B.A. with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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