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Darlene Lorraine McKinnon

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Aim High.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1943
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Aim High.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1943
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Darlene Lorraine McClaine McKinnon was born on July 28, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from an all-girls public high school, Western High School, in Baltimore in 1961. McKinnon attended Morgan State University and received her B.A. degree in business from the University of the Redlands in Redlands, California in 1985.

From 1974 to 1979, McKinnon was the Assistant to the Development Director for the Rouse Company, a real estate development company that pioneered the development of new cities including Columbia, Maryland. In 1977, she became the procurement director for the Council for Equal Business Opportunity in Maryland. Since 1979, McKinnon has held several positions in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in California. Over the years, she has held the positions of Assistant Director of Business Development and District Director of Development. Following her graduation from the SBA’s prestigious District Directors Candidate Program and moving to San Francisco from San Diego, McKinnon became the Deputy District Director for the San Francisco District Office. McKinnon has been responsible for the start-up of key programs such as the Entrepreneur Centers in Silicon Valley, East Bay and San Francisco and the SBA Business Coaches.

In addition to her work with the SBA, McKinnon has operated her own small business, TheaterGoers International, and instructed business courses at San Diego State University. She is the co-founder of the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners; is a board member of the Northern California Supplier Development Council; and a member on the President’s Board of the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. McKinnon is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans, has been recognized by Soroptomists International and received its Woman of Achievement Awards. In 1992, she was named one of San Diego’s 100 Local Business and Community Leaders. In 2003, McKinnon was named one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley. She serves on numerous advisory boards and community organizations and has a passion for fine arts, photography and cars.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Darlene Lorraine McKinnon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her paternal great-grandmother and grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her life as a child in Cherry Hill, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her upbringing after her father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers her childhood communities in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes attending Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Cherry Hill, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon recalls the churches she attended during her childhoods
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes dealing with the aftermath of her father's death when she was in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers attending Western Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her friends and activities at Western Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers wanting to be a writer while at Western High School, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her paternal aunt, Emily Cox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers important events from her time at Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her work experience after leaving Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers her marriage to her first husband and her time in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes returning to Baltimore, Maryland after her paternal grandmother's stroke
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon remembers learning about business while working at the Rouse Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her second husband, Clem McKinnon, and moving back to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes working for the United States Small Business Administration in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon recalls discovering and owning TheaterGoers International in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her work at TheaterGoers International in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes moving to the United States Small Business Administration office in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her accomplishments as deputy district director of the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her work with various civic organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her heroines and repairing her relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about her love of cars and photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her frustration with politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about the importance of voting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about the United States Small Business Administration's changing role
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon talks about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon reflects upon her life, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes her values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon explains why she thinks history is important
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon shares her advice for young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Darlene Lorraine McKinnon reflects upon her legacy