Toledo Regional Office


One Government Center
Room 936
Jackson & Erie Streets
Toledo, Ohio 43604
(419) 245-2900
TTY: (614) 752-2391 Directions to The Toledo Regional Office



Regional Director, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern


Photo of Toledo Regional Director Darlene Newbern

Darlene Sweeney-Newbern is The Toledo Regional Director and The Northern Regional Housing Director for the Toledo Office of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In her capacities as Regional Director and Northern Regional Housing Director, Ms. Newbern oversees Housing, Public Accommodation and Employment discrimination in Northwest Ohio and Housing discrimination in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.  Ms. Newbern is a previous Instructor for the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, D. C.  where she taught Fair Housing laws.

Ms. Newbern has over 26 years experience in investigating, supervising and managing Employment and Fair Housing charges.  She has traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking, teaching and training State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies, Judges, Attorneys, Employers, Unions, Fair Housing Advocacy Groups, Realtors, NAACP, Corporations and members of the general public on employment and fair housing laws.  Ms. Newbern is a popular motivational speaker who has presented at national and international conferences throughout the United States.

Darlene has met at the White House in Washington D.C. and in Ohio with senior members of the Obama Administration to discuss National Housing Policy reform.

Ms. Newbern has notable cases that she has investigated or consulted on including a 4.3 million dollar settlement in a redlining case against Farmers Insurance; An $850,000 settlement in a race and familial status discrimination case involving a Massillon, Ohio landlord who would limit the number of African Americans.

Ms Newbern sits on numerous boards and committees including but not limited to Northern Ohio Development Agency (NODA), Legal Redress and Housing Chair for the Toledo Chapter of the NAACP, Toledo Community Coalition, Dialogue to Change and State of the State Conference Committee.  


Ms. Newbern is the recipient of various awards including The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award, Shanna L. Smith-Spirit of Fair Housing Award, Ohio Civil Rights Commission-“Rosa Park Medal”, NAACP Outstanding Community Leadership Award and -“Keeping the Dream Alive Award” for the 4.3 million-dollar settlement in the Farmers Insurance case.

 map of the counties that make up the Toledo Regional Office