As Chief of External Affairs, Darrious D. Hilmon is responsible for the execution of effective fund development strategies, promotion of the CICS brand, strengthening of external and internal communications, and oversight of community engagement and advocacy efforts. Most recently, Darrious served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Urban League, overseeing fund development, programs, and implementation of cross-functional initiatives. Darrious previously served as Executive Director of Affirmations Community Center in Michigan, and Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Youth Guidance (Chicago). A Detroit native, Darrious earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan. Consistent with his deep love of words, Darrious is the Essence® best-selling author of the novels, 5 Dimes (Penguin/NAL; 2003) and Divalicious (Penguin/NAL; 2004), and the anthology, Mad Love (Author house; 2005).