A United States Veteran having served in the Navy and Army, Darryl Barnes was born in Washington D.C. and attended Long Beach State University. He has spent over twenty years as a small business owner who has also founded a non-profit that embodies his view that success can only come if you help others along the way.
Having successfully launched businesses ranging from sports management and real estate development, information technology (IT), Darryl Barnes possesses an unusually broad base of experience. His most recent business venture, Barnes International was founded in 2004 with a focus on Government Contracts specializing in Information Technology, Telecommunication, Graphic and Web Design, and Content Management. Barnes International also does residential and commercial construction.
In December of 2009, Mr. Barnes founded Men Aiming Higher, a non-profit whose mission is to successfully mobilize at-risk young men between the crucial ages of 16 to 29, guiding them through educational tutoring, leadership training, mentoring programs and community service projects. The goal of Men Aiming higher is to be a catalyst in directing at-risk young men away from negative peer pressure, unacceptable moral behavior, gangs and other negative choices, and empowering them to become our future leaders and thinkers as well as socially, culturally and community conscious African American young men.
Since its launch the community has embraced Men Aiming Higher supporting its many initiatives and events including Toys for Tots, a Thanksgiving Day Basket Giveaway, Health Clinic, and Strengthening Families Curving Obesity Health Walk.
Darryl Barnes serves on the Board of the Capitol Height/Seat Pleasant Boys and Girls Club, Vice President of the Parklawn Chapter of Blacks in Government, Member of the NAACP Executive Committee, Member of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, Pass Member of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee and Current Member of Ways & Means Committee.
Darryl also was recently voted 1st Vice Chair of the State of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.
Darryl Barnes lives in Prince Georges County with his wife, Makeba and his two sons Dylan & Drew.