Darryl Cook is the Supervisor of Planning, Program Development and Evaluation for the City of Seattle Human Services Department. He has over 20 years experience in public service at the State, Regional and Local level. His work experience and a Degree in Management have made Darryl successful in managing and completing complex projects. Over the past several years he has researched, analyzed, developed and evaluated human services policies and direct service programs for youth and young adults. Darryl has played a significant role in the recent design of a 4.5 million dollar a year Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI). The goal of SYVPI is to reduce gang related homicides, middle school suspensions and expulsions and juvenile court referrals over a two-year period.
Darryl was Deputy Director of Reinvesting in Youth, a juvenile justice intervention initiative focused on reducing the disproportional involvement of youth of color in King County Juvenile and Adult Justice Systems by administering evidence based models, He was strategic in the coordination and implementation of the expansion of evidence based services, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Aggression Replacement Training (ART) in King County and ultimately in Washington State in collaboration with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.
His career as a public servant spanned two different administrations in the Office of the Governor in Washington State. He developed and implemented new community outreach and engagement strategies for former Governor's Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. As an Intergovernmental Relations Associate for the Metropolitan King County Council central staff, he tracked and reviewed proposed legislation for five years. Darryl has worked with key stakeholders and the legislature to advocate King County's legislative priorities.
As a member of the Washington State Advisory Group, Darryl's commitment is to establish equal and just systems for all youth that face the inequities and disparities while involved in the juvenile, child welfare, health care and education system. Darryl also uses in position as Chair of the DMC Sub-Committee in Washington to address and eliminate the disproportionality of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.