Darlene Newbern is the Director of Regional Operations for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In this position, she manages all offices of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and is responsible for insuring that the 11.66 million people living in the State of Ohio can do so free of unlawful discrimination.
Ms. Newbern has over 28 years’ experience in investigating, supervising and managing employment, places of public accommodation and fair housing charges.
Ms. Newbern was an Instructor and has authored two Fair Housing training manuals for the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, D.C. She is a popular motivational speaker who has presented at National and International conferences throughout the United States. During the Obama Administration, she met at the White House and in Ohio with his senior staff to discuss national housing policy reform.
Ms. Newbern has investigated or consulted on many notable cases, including noose hangings at UPS and General Motors, Countywide Mortgage (refusal to consider the income of pregnant women), a $4.3 million dollar settlement in a redlining case against Farmers Insurance and an $850,000 dollar settlement in a race and familial status case involving a Massillon, Ohio landlord who would limit the number of African American renters to just a few in fear of creating a “Ghetto”.
Ms. Newbern is the recipient of various awards including The National Association of Negro & Business Professional Women’s Club Spirit of Coretta Scott-King Award, The Rev. Fred L. Shuttles worth Humanitarian Award, Shanna L. Smith-Spirit of Fair Housing Award, Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s “Rosa Parks Medal”, The NAACP Outstanding Community Leadership Award and, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, “Keeping the Dream Alive Award”.