His first formal leadership role was in government as Youth Coordinator in the Anne Arundel County Executive Office at age 19 and then he was appointed Drug Czar in the Mayor Hopkins cabinet in the City of Annapolis at the age of 22 where he learned how to run a municipality from his peers such as the fire, police, finance and planning and zoning chiefs. His transition from the public sector to the private non-profit sector led him to the Boys & Girls Clubs as an executive in Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince George’s, DC and Baltimore. During his tenure as Regional Vice President with the second largest Boys & Girls Clubs of America affiliate (Greater Washington) he managed five regional boards simultaneously, 150 staff 20 Metropolitan Police Officers and 16 facilities. In addition, he led an effective team who raised over 12 million dollars during his tenure in the region.
The Stanton Group maintained a five-year contract with fortune 100 company Comcast capital region government relations division. His company helped to increase connections from 50 % to 97% in its first year of managing deployment of the Internet Essentials program, providing low income families with the internet and a laptop computer at an affordable price. In addition, under his firm, he also served in the private sector as the Chief Networking Officer for IESI a secured IT firm and also served as Vice President of Business Development with IT firm Barnes International. Darius was acknowledged as 50 Future Leaders of America in Ebony Magazine in the 50th Anniversary Issue and currently serves as chairman of the Annapolis Arts Sports and Leadership Academy serving over 250 teenage boys annually. Darius is the recipient of the 2017 NAACP Humanitarian Award. A proud and productive citizen, Darius also serves as the Co-chair of the State of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus 2030 Black Agenda/Strategic Plan and as President of the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation. Darius is also proud to serves as the Chairman of the Annual City of Annapolis Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.