About Darian

Darian Unger lives in Silver Spring and is a proud father of three kids.  He is a business professor at Howard University, and a volunteer firefighter and EMT in the Silver Spring Fire Department / Montgomery County Fire-Rescue. 

Darian and his wife Jill met at Swarthmore College, after which he became an environmental engineer and she began her public school teaching career at Takoma Park Middle School.  Darian managed several international energy projects, then completed his masters and doctoral degrees in the MIT Technology Management and Policy Program on innovations to combat global warming.  

Darian is a business professor at Howard University, where he teaches students how to innovate and start new companies.  He has won numerous awards for outstanding teaching, and many of his former students are now young business leaders in the Washington D.C. area.  Darian continues to focus on the development of new environmental energy technologies.

Darian is a Montgomery County volunteer firefighter and EMT.  He has responded to emergency 911 calls from Silver Spring and Takoma Park for almost 15 years. 

Rushing to accident and assault victims in our neighborhood led Darian to champion public safety initiatives for walkable communities and safer streets.   He served as chair of both the Silver Spring Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Committee and the Citizens Advisory Board, where he advocated for livable communities and challenged state and local authorities to act transparently and make necessary improvements.

Darian is also a civil rights activist and was Chair of the Montgomery County ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) where he championed anti-discrimination laws, criminal justice reform, and equal rights.  He also led Progressive Neighbors in community efforts for social and economic justice.


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