Darby Baham has nearly 15 years’ experience as a professional writer/editor and currently works as senior managing editor with The Council of State Governments Justice Center in NYC. There, she manages editorial priorities for the organization and serves as lead editor for some of its most complex projects, including in health policy, housing, mental health, law enforcement, substance use, and corrections/reentry. She previously worked as the Public Affairs Specialist for the D.C. Department of Corrections. In this role, she served as the agency's Publications Manager, Social Media Manager, photographer, web content manager, and helped to manage the Department's internal and external communications efforts.
The New Orleans, LA native graduated from Howard University with her BA in Print Journalism in 2005 and two years later, received her MA in American Government from Georgetown University. For five years, she served as creator/editor of Modern Teen, a youth centered magazine at Martha’s Table Teen Program in Washington, D.C., and she worked as a Writer/Editor with the D.C. Department of Transportation for four years.
Darby previously wrote for Solo-ish, The Washington Post’s column on dating and relationships, and ran a personal blog about dating, politics, and shoes for 7 years. She also freelanced for numerous magazines and websites, including Heart & Soul Magazine, Elan Extreme Magazine, Honey’s e-Magazine, and The D.C. Examiner website. Samples of her work can be found in the Writing Samples section on this website.
She previously served as the Executive Secretary for the Tripod Foundation, as well as the Social Media Manager and Newsletter Editor for the organization for five years. In the past, she also served as the Secretary for the DDOT Speak Academy Chapter of Toastmaster’s International, Inc. Prior to her move to New York City, she volunteered with The Reading Connection, an organization dedicated to encouraging reading during early childhood, especially in disadvantaged communities for two years. Darby has received numerous awards and accolades, including a Leadership Award in Journalism and inductions into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Who’s Who Among College Students, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and Collegiate All-American Scholars. She was also recognized by the D.C. Government for her service in creating an enrichment and development program for the Summer Employment Youth who worked at the District Department of Transportation.
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