Darcy Totten, Director of Communications

Darcy Totten

Director of Communications

Darcy joined the Commission in 2019 as the Director of Communications. She has 20 years of experience in crisis communications, journalism, and public affairs developing and executing strategic communication plans, message development, media relations strategies and social media strategy across all channels.

Darcy is an expert in social impact strategies and advocacy communications centered in the nonprofit world, political campaigns, grassroots organizing efforts, tribal governments and education. She is passionate about coalition building and working with intersectional and inclusive teams that prioritize historically marginalized communities while acting as a bridge to established networks of change makers and policy experts.

She is the founder of Activism Articulated, a crisis communications firm located in Sacramento, CA that serves change making efforts nationwide and provides media training and consulting for organizations and community groups. Projects have included support and projects for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Black Women United, Sacramento Women’s March, the Sierra Health Foundation, CASTLA, 50 Women Can Take the Lead, and the Build. Black. Coalition.

Prior to joining the Commission staff, Darcy served as the Communications Liaison to the Governmental Affairs, Federal Advocacy and Equity Departments of the Association of California School Administrators and the National Association of School Superintendents.  She was responsible for crafting vertical public affairs strategy and support for ACSA Governmental Relations, Federal Advocacy, NASS Federal Advocacy and Equity Departments for the 17,000-member statewide association (ACSA) and its national sister organization (NASS). In addition to supporting the advocacy work of these organizations she built campaigns and communications designed to grow membership and provide education on issues such as DACA, Grassroots Advocacy for educators, Digital communications, and produced a video speaker series, featuring interviews with notable educators and activists such as Marlee Matlin, Jose Antonio Vargas, Temple Grandin, Pedro Noguera, and Timothy Shriver. She also provided regular media training for California’s superintendents and education leaders.

Darcy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mills College in Photography and Visual Communication and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Journalism.

She serves as a Board Member & External Affairs Chair, for Sacramento Friends of the Arts (2018-present), a Board Member of the Sacramento LGBT Center (2020-present), is an alumni of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program Senior Fellow (Class X), and a Coro Fellow Alumni (2019). She is a Next City Vanguard Fellow (40 urban innovators under 40) (2019) and serves on the Stonewall Democrats PAC Board (2019-present) and as an Advisory Committee member for the Sacramento Women’s March and Up Kindness.

Contact: Darcy.Totten@women.ca.gov