About the Award
The Welmore Cook Award is presented annually to two members of the local Black LGBT community for outstanding leadership. Welmore Cook was one of the co-founders of Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Day which is now known as DC Black Pride. More information about DC Black Pride Awards.
Darrin Gymph has been active in the Black LGBT community for many year lending his legal expertise and leadership to a myriad of issues confounding the community. In addition, he has generously opened both his home and law firm to non-profit organizations as well as political causes that advance human rights for our community. Darrin L. Gymph is one of the movers and shakers in the LGBT community.
Darrin Glymph is Partner and Head of the Public Finance team in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Mr. Glymph has 23 years of public finance experience, and his practice is diverse, including the representation of issuers or underwriters in long term general obligation and revenue bond financings, including financings for educational facilities (including charter schools), hospitals, housing authorities and water and sewer authorities. He also provide advice as bond counsel to clients on infrastructure financing and off balance sheet economic development incentives, focusing primarily on tax increment financing ("TIF"), payment in lieu of taxes ("PILOT"), certificate of participation ("COP") and Deed Tax Securitization financings. He has provided municipal finance advice to The World Bank and the cities of Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and attended Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts and Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana.