Darell Hammond

Senior Advisor, Urban95, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Darell has more than 25 years experience in community development, social innovation, public-private partnerships and volunteerism. He founded and served for 20 years as CEO of KaBOOM!, a national US non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty. Currently residing in Tirana, Albania, he advises the city’s Mayor on establishing a parks and recreation department and implementing the Tirana2030 Masterplan. Darell Hammond holds two honorary doctorate degrees, and was named an Ashoka Fellow and one of the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine. He has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service, American Express NGEN Leadership Award, Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year from NYU Stern School of Business, and Social Entrepreneur of the Year from the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation. He authored a New York Times best-selling memoir, KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play. In his role of Senior Advisor for the Foundation, he advises the team members and partners on the Urban95 strategy and implementation, with a focus on innovations in public space, data management and advocacy.