Speaking to and uplifting children of all ages, races, and communities about being and doing their best.
DARRYL GAINES, PMP, EMBA
Mr. Gaines is a native of Mobile, Alabama and a 1988 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. He was awarded a four year scholarship to play football and majored in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics. Darryl was selected by the National Football League (NFL) Kansas City Chief’s in 1988 and managed a dual career working for McDonnell Douglas aircraft while playing for the Chiefs. He is a current member of the Former NFL Players Association, New Orleans Chapter where he volunteers in activities to help schools, families and children. Darryl received an Executive MBA from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California in September 2016
He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and James Herbert White Masonic Lodge. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools, which has a focus on empowering at risk and homeless children to stay in school. He volunteered as a mentor and performs speaking engagements at schools. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Mobile Gulf Coast Exploreum. He lends is expertise in Space Programs to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities at the Exploreum.
Mr. Gaines works at NASA and is the Assistant to the Center Director, at Stennis Space Center. As a member of the Center Director’s staff, he is responsible for policy development, staff relations, strategic planning, and management integration of technical, mission support, and communications activities. He has been employed with NASA for 28 years. He has worked across multiple NASA Centers and with several commercial businesses, as well as international partners in Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe.
He was selected to participate in a NASA Fellowship at The University of Michigan, School of Business, where he successfully completed Business Acumen for High Potential Leaders. Darryl is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) which he received from the Project Management Institute in 2013.
Darryl was inducted into Mississippi Valley State University’s Hall of Fame in April 2017.