Before joining the team at Point Foundation, Darrin Wilstead served as Director of Development at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), an organization that was established in 1958 to provide leadership development programs to highly motivated high school sophomores in the United States and around the world. In addition to managing HOBY’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Darrin was responsible for overseeing two annual fundraising dinners; one in New York and one in Los Angeles, managing new donor acquisitions, upgrades and renewals, and writing grant proposals to secure increased funding from foundations, corporations and the private sector.
Prior to leading the development department at HOBY, Darrin served as Director of International Programs. In this capacity, Darrin was responsible for HOBY’s World Leadership Congress (WLC), an eight-day intensive leadership forum in Washington, D.C. that brings together 100 adult volunteers and 400 student leaders from 20 countries to celebrate diversity, debate ideologies and form friendships based on mutual respect and understanding. Additionally, Darrin provided year-round oversight and administrative support to HOBY’s partners in Canada, England, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, The Philippines, Sierra Leone and Mexico; and with the help of his constituents, he established new programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Iraq, Korea and Taiwan.
Darrin also worked as an Instructor at America West Airlines at LAX for nine years, where his responsibilities included training an average of 130 employees per month.
Darrin was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He moved to Los Angeles after serving a two year mission for the LDS Church in Seoul, Korea and he currently resides in Hollywood.