Anderson brings decades of experience in business and political leadership, and a long history of philanthropic and community activities
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—July 11, 2019—Darius Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Kenwood Investments, LLC, a California Real Estate Development and Opportunity Fund, has joined the Foundation for California Community Colleges Board of Directors. His appointment was confirmed by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in May 2019. Anderson attended his first Foundation Board of Directors meeting last month in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, June 19.
Anderson has become widely known in Northern California for having a true passion for building new partnerships to address previously unmet community needs. Over the last 20 years he has successfully partnered with a diverse cross-section of business and government interests in the United States to address complicated and controversial real-estate transactions. These projects include building a sports arena in downtown Sacramento in a successful effort to stop an NBA team from moving to Seattle and redeveloping the closed US Naval Station on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
“Anderson’s political and business acumen will make him an excellent addition to the Foundation’s board, especially as we continue to partner with the Chancellor’s Office to support statewide initiatives and reforms to meet the goals of the Vision for Success,” said Keetha Mills, President and CEO of the Foundation.
Anderson has created a multi-faceted portfolio of business and community development ventures since leaving Yucaipa in 1999, and he is considered one of the most influential people in California’s business and political arenas. Since founding Kenwood Investments, Anderson and his business partners have developed expertise in the areas of hospitality, travel and tourism, media, high-tech industries and real estate development.
Anderson previously served as Chair of the National Advisory Council for UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and currently serves on the boards of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, Californians Building Bridges, and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. In 2010, he was appointed to California’s Political Reform Act Task Force.
Anderson is also the founder and managing member of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, the owner and publisher of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Sonoma Index-Tribune.
Anderson was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 and is one of two representatives to also serve on the Foundation’s Board. He is a community college alumnus, having transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications. He resides in Sonoma, California.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation's mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works to benefit all California Community College students, colleges, college foundations, and the system as a whole by accelerating paths to economic and social mobility, strengthening communities, and reducing barriers to opportunities for all Californians. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. For more information, visit www.foundationccc.org.