Darlene McDonald is a published author, technology professional and social activist.
A Quaker, she currently serves on the board for the American Friends Service Committee as a member-at-large and on the Friends Relations Committee. Previously, she’s served as Outreach Director for the Utah Women’s Democratic Club — the oldest women’s Democratic club in the country, and on the board for Alliance for a Better Utah. In 2019, Ms. McDonald was elected Chair of the Utah Black Roundtable and served in that role for a one year term. In 2020, Ms. McDonald was elected to serve as the Democratic National Committeewoman for Utah.
Following the summer of protest after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ms. McDonald was one of 6 community leaders appointed by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall to serve on the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing Commission. Ms. McDonald has demonstrated that when she’s called to serve her community, she shows up and provided a necessary voice for issues on race, racism and the importance of diversity. She has appeared in many publications around the country as well as globally.
She has been an invited guest and speaker at many rallies, on public radio, and on college campuses around the country.
The youngest of six, she was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved with her family to Utah in 2002, where she met her husband, Michael. Ms. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governors University and studied economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.