Darrin Davis joined The Next Step Academy as a volunteer in mid-2017, when he helping teach our then new Cordon Cool Cooking School. In discussions about taking Cordon Cool to the next level, it was evident he had a passion for the mission of The Next Step Academy and helping fundraise to better serve our clients. In February of 2018, Darrin joined the staff full time as our first Head of Development.

While you will still find him cooking with the kids each week, his primary role is to help us fund the programs and scholarships for kids. According to Darrin, “The best part of my day is when I get to walk through the kitchen at lunch and interact with each of the kids. Simply walking through and talking to all of them reminds me why I am here and what my purpose is.”

Darrin came to The Next Step Academy after a distinguished career in building revenue through sales management and training for both small and large companies. He bring his corporate business skills and his people skills to building a community of people who are passionate and supportive of the kids we serve.