2019 Board Chair
Darius Assemi 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 6,000 single-family residences in the Fresno metropolitan area and has been involved in the acquisition, financing, and development of over 100 projects. In addition, Darius has led the effort for downtown revitalization, building more than 400 multi-family residential units and redeveloping over 35,000 square feet of commercial real estate.
Darius is involved in many nonprofit organizations in Fresno and throughout the world. In 2006, the company initiated the annual Granville Home of Hope fundraiser, which has raised over $5.2 million to date, providing funds to many local nonprofit organizations. In addition, Darius serves on the board of several non-profits – the Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief (AMOR) and Breaking the Chains. AMOR’s mission is to build healthier communities in areas of concentrated poverty in Fresno County and around the world and Breaking the chains is dedicated to ending human trafficking.
Environmental Stewardship is also important to Darius who is a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In 2008, he incorporated innovative and environmentally responsible building techniques into a new line of Granville “Eco-Smart” homes, which are currently available to new homeowners in Fresno.
Granville’s mission includes the health, well-being and prosperity of residents in the Central Valley. On a personal note, Darius strives to promote causes and initiatives that provide food, shelter, employment, healthcare, education and hope to the underprivileged and especially to at-risk youth, both in the United States and throughout the world. In 2015, Granville Homes became the lead sponsor of Talk Read Sing in Fresno, a campaign initiated by the Talking is Teaching movement, as Darius recognizes and values the great importance of early childhood education and development.
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.
In addition to building communities and serving the underprivileged Darius is actively engaged in public policy work at the local and state level. He is passionate about policies that affect transportation, agriculture, health care, education, and the environment. In 2009 Darius was appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Governor 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 affect the health, well-being and economic prosperity of residents in the Central Valley