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Darius W. Anderson

Founder and CEO, Platinum Advisors
Founder and CEO, Kenwood Investments

Darius W. Anderson

Biography

Darius Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Kenwood Investments, a California Opportunity Fund seeking new ventures to build upon the unique brand of California, and Managing Member of Sonoma Media Investments that publishes the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

Darius is a talented political strategist who also understands the hard-charging working dynamics of big business and big government. He spearheaded a series of innovative ventures and private/public partnerships in the high-tech, real estate and retail fields. Currently, a key project is the Treasure Island Development Project, a $6 billion economic redevelopment of the former Naval Station Treasure Island located in the San Francisco Bay.

In addition, Darius Anderson is also the Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, a full-service government affairs firm that ranks in the top five of California government advocacy companies.  With offices in Sacramento, Orange County and San Francisco, Platinum Advisors provides lobbying, real estate project development, procurement, public affairs and strategic consulting to corporations, governments, trade associations and non-profit groups.

Widely recognized as one of California’s most effective political strategists and fundraisers, he continues his long streak of advising many of California’s highest-ranking political and business leaders. In 2010, Darius was appointed to California’s Political Reform Act Task Force.

Between 1993 and 1998, Darius Anderson served as Chief of Staff for The Yucaipa Companies and as Vice President of External Affairs for Ralphs Grocery Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. During that time, Darius was responsible for business development for The Yucaipa Companies, including property acquisition and development, and for government affairs, community relations, external corporate communications and public relations for Ralphs Grocery Stores. He also served as the Executive Director for the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation.

Philanthropy is important to Darius, and he is involved in a variety of charitable activities. He previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Council for the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington University Graduate School of Public Management’s Council on American Politics, Californians Building Bridges, Sonoma State University Green Music Center and Co- Chair of the Friends of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health (CRH) Advisory Board.

He is a passionate art collector and owns world-class collections of both baseball and Jack London memorabilia. Darius Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Sonoma.

Last updated on 03/21/2016