Darell Hammond
KABOOM!: A Movement to Save Play (Rodale Books, 2011)

Darell Hammond is the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an innovative nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that is saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,000 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play.

Hammond was raised at Mooseheart, The Child City and School outside of Chicago. Part foster care, part family assistance, Mooseheart raised Hammond and his seven brothers and sisters while also helping his mother to have an active role in their lives. The lessons and kindness he received there laid the foundation for his life of philanthropy, community service, and social justice.

Darell and his wife, Kate, reside in Washington, DC.