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Newton, Needham, Watertown, Wellesley


President & Managing Partner, Catalyst Ventures Development

A serial entrepreneur, Newton resident Settles established Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen in Boston and moved on to real estate development. He is known for his transformative initiatives and partnerships that empower communities of color in the hospitality, real estate, and business development sectors where he promotes minority businesses and recruits minority investors. His residential projects are committed to creating vibrant, attractive, and sustainable neighborhoods and his music projects - BeanTown Jazz Festival and The Beehive - have enhanced the local cultural scene.


Settles’ latest innovation is the Critical Mass, a vast resource of information and statistics as well as ways to take positive action to combat racial injustice. He has been active in the community as chair of the Newton Economic Development Commission and founder/board member of the Black Economic Council. He has served on many boards and shares his knowledge and experience with the next generation of leaders as a lecturer at Babson College and Lasell University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his success, leadership, and commitment to economic justice.