Founder

Darren Riley – President & CEO
Darren Riley is the founder and inventor of the REDIDESK™. He has experience as a teacher and as a successful international trade attorney with his own law firm.

During his years as a public middle school teacher in the South Bronx and in Washington Heights, New York City from 1994 to 1997, Darren integrated technology into his lessons whenever possible. A technology enthusiast, he learned the basics of HTML programming and designed educational webpages related to the curriculum to utilize in his class. All during a time when internet access was only available in most public schools through a dial up connection and usually only on one or two computers within the school. Needless to say, this limited access made it practically impossible to regularly utilize the technology in the day-to-day activities of the classroom.

In addition to implementing technology in the classroom, Darren was also integrally involved with establishing a technology training program for New York City students called H.E.A.V.E.N. (Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer and Empower via the Net).
The program taught web production, journalism and leadership skills to New York City high school students. Darren was involved with H.E.A.V.E.N. prior to attending and during law school.

After graduating law school in 2000, Darren worked for a large Washington, DC law firm where he focused his practice on international trade. He eventually started his own law practice with two other attorneys and established one of the top law firms in the country, specializing in U.S. export controls.

Over the years, Darren maintained his commitment to education by being a member of the Board of Trustees for the Arts and Technology Academy Charter School (ATA) in Washington, DC. ATA is an elementary school that integrates arts and technology
into the curricula. From this experience, Darren realized that although the presence of technology in the schools has increased since he was in the classroom as a teacher, the use of technology to facilitate and enhance the educational experience for the students has not progressed much. Technology is still often treated as a separate subject, rather than as a tool to facilitate learning. This is what inspired Darren to develop the REDIDESK™.

Darren obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters of Arts in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, Darren holds a Juris Doctorate from Howard University.