United Talent Agency (UTA) has hired Darnell Strom to lead Culture and Leadership, a newly created division. Strom earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from FAMU. He will report to co-president Jay Sures and CEO Jeremy Zimmer.
Strom will represent and work with clients who want to grow their cultural influence and business in the diversity space, spanning the fields of entertainment, media, entrepreneurship, politics, the art and thought leadership.
As an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) since 2010, Strom’s clients included Joe Biden, Malala Yousafzai, Gayle King, will.i.am, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Jeff Gordon and Chad Hurley. Additionally, he is an experienced speaker and moderator. At CAA, he also struck talent partnerships with global brands including Google, YouTube, Target, Red Bull, Salesforce and Samsung.
Before becoming an agent, Strom worked in politics and public service, launching the Clinton Millennium Network out of Bill Clinton’s offices in Harlem. At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he served as director of the chairman’s office, and he also has served on GQ‘s Gentlemen’s Fund Advisory Committee and former President Barack Obama’s White House Entertainment Council.