Regional Director, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern is The Toledo Regional Director and The Northern Regional Housing Director for the Toledo Office of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In her capacities as Regional Director and Northern Regional Housing Director, Ms. Newbern oversees Housing, Public Accommodation and Employment discrimination in Northwest Ohio and Housing discrimination in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Ms. Newbern is a previous Instructor for the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, D. C. where she taught Fair Housing laws.
Ms. Newbern has over 26 years experience in investigating, supervising and managing Employment and Fair Housing charges. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking, teaching and training State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies, Judges, Attorneys, Employers, Unions, Fair Housing Advocacy Groups, Realtors, NAACP, Corporations and members of the general public on employment and fair housing laws. Ms. Newbern is a popular motivational speaker who has presented at national and international conferences throughout the United States.
Darlene has met at the White House in Washington D.C. and in Ohio with senior members of the Obama Administration to discuss National Housing Policy reform.
Ms. Newbern has notable cases that she has investigated or consulted on including a 4.3 million dollar settlement in a redlining case against Farmers Insurance; Williams vs. Countrywide (over a million dollar settlement-class action case involving the financial institution not considering the income of pregnant women when applying for a loan), An $850,000 settlement in a race and familial status discrimination case involving a Massillon, Ohio landlord who would limit the number of African Americans.
Ms Newbern sits on numerous boards and committees including but not limited to Northern Ohio Development Agency (NODA), Legal Redress and Housing Chair for the Toledo Chapter of the NAACP, Toledo Community Coalition, Dialogue to Change and State of the State Conference Committee.
Ms. Newbern is the recipient of various awards including The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award, Shanna L. Smith-Spirit of Fair Housing Award, Ohio Civil Rights Commission-“Rosa Park Congressional Medal”, NAACP Outstanding Community Leadership Award and -“Keeping the Dream Alive Award” for the 4.3 million-dollar settlement in the Farmers Insurance case.