Darius graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently President and CEO of Granville Homes, a real estate development company established in 1977. Over the past 40 years, Granville has built more than 5,800 single-family residences in Fresno and has been involved in developing over 100 projects. Granville Homes led the effort for Fresno’s downtown revitalization, building more than 400 multi-family residential units and redeveloping over 35,000 square feet of commercial real estate. The company is committed to environmental stewardship through responsible building practices. In 2008 Darius, who is a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) incorporated innovative and environmentally responsible building techniques into all Granville homes and building projects. Darius is involved in many nonprofit organizations in Fresno and throughout the world. In 2006, he initiated the annual Granville Home of Hope fundraiser, which has raised over $4.5 million for local charities. Granville also sponsors local, national, and international non-profit organizations that provide food, shelter, health care and education to the underserved. In addition, Darius serves on the board of several nonprofits, including the Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief (AMOR), Breaking the Chains, and the Fresno State Foundation Board of Governors. In 2014, Darius and the Assemi Family were honored by receiving The 2014 Key to the County from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for the philanthropic work done by the family’s charitable arm, the Waterford Foundation.
Darius is actively engaged in public policy work at the local and state level. He is passionate about policy issues that affect the prosperity of the Central Valley community including transportation, agriculture, health care, education, and the environment. In 2009 Darius was appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Gov. Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Gov. Brown in 2012. During his 6-year term Darius was actively engaged with legislatures and key stake holders in securing much needed transportation funding. In 2016, Darius became the Founder and Publisher of GV Wire, an online news site dedicated to exploring, explaining, and exposing issues that directly impact the lives of those living in California’s Central Valley.