Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS is the State Deputy Director of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and Associate Executive Director of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. Darrin leads a state program office and multidisciplinary team that advances environment, policy and system changes to create healthy, equitable communities thru strategic planning, community engagement, financial development, communications, leadership enhancement and program evaluation. He has a variety of responsibilities that foster youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility that include: co-chair of the NJ Healthy Corner Store Taskforce, executive committee of the NJ Healthy Communities Network, former co-chair of the US Regional II Health Equity Council and a board member of the Advocates for Children of New Jersey. He also serves as an advisor to Get Hype Philly, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Committee Healthy Communities Taskforce, Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign (New Jersey) and Novo Nordisk Community Healthy Collaborative
Prior to joining the Y, Darrin was the Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association, State Health Alliance Director of the American Heart Association and Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Christiana Care’s Eugene DuPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute (Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation). He has served on the Governor’s Council on Lifestyle & Fitness, Special Taskforce for Positive Youth Development & Prevention and was vice chair of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, DE Community Service Project. A recipient of the University of Delaware’s Presidential Award for Minority Students, he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in health and exercise science from University of Delaware and doctorate from Temple University (Kinesiology) and is adjunct faculty at Springfield College and Richard Stockton University. Darrin’s research interest is in exercise science, community-clinical linkages in chronic disease prevention, non-profit leadership, and policy advancement and equity in ethnic diverse and communities of low income.