Wilson Darbin is a Project Manager for the City of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, where he manages the Storefront Improvement Grant program, which provides grant funding to local businesses making exterior improvements to their storefront. Wilson supports the Deputy Director in implementing various other City grant programs and associated contract management. After graduating from UMass in 2020, Wilson split time being a Land Use Agent for the Town of Ashby, MA, and a Visitor Services Assistant at US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, MA. He then took a role as a Development Services Assistant with The Community Builders, before his current position with the City of Springfield.
During his time at UMass, Wilson spent a semester as a Community Development intern with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and did summer internships as a Gardener with UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, as a Field Hand with the UMass Permaculture Initiative, as a Fine Gardener with D. Schumacher Landscape Artisans, and as a Horticulture Intern with UMass Amherst Landscape Services.
While at UMass, Wilson:
- was a member of the Sustainable Community Development Student Club,
- worked in the LARP main office at the front desk
- was a research assistant with a Regional Planning PhD student
- was a project implementation manager for the Town of Amherst’s Community Responders for Equity, Safety & Service (CRESS)