FourBlock Announces New Chair and Vice Chair on Board of Directors


FourBlock Announces New Chair and Vice Chair on Board of Directors

Current board members Darren Sumter and Lindsey Pollak will expand their roles on FourBlock’s Board of Directors as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively

(NEW YORK CITY) – FourBlock, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans and military spouses successfully transition from military service to meaningful new civilian careers, is pleased to announce its new Chair and Vice Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.  

Effective immediately, Darren Sumter has been appointed as the new Chair of the FourBlock Board of Directors. In this role, Sumter will oversee strategic direction of the board, as well as its fundraising and advocacy efforts.  

Additionally, Lindsey Pollak has been named the new Vice Chair of the FourBlock Board of Directors. In this capacity, Pollak will assist the Chair in board oversight and leadership as well as fundraising and advocacy efforts. Pollak will also continue to represent FourBlock in the community as the co-host of The FourBlock Podcast. 

In these new roles, Sumter and Pollak will also help ensure that FourBlock continues to fulfill its mission and further its positive impact for the military community and corporate partners it serves. 

“We are thrilled to have Darren Sumter and Lindsey Pollak in these leadership roles,” said FourBlock Founder and President Michael Abrams. “Darren and Lindsey have been instrumental in advising our organization and stewarding relationships with supporters and corporate partners. Their experience and dedication to our mission will be invaluable as we continue to expand our efforts to help military veterans successfully transition to the civilian workforce.” 

Darren Sumter is the Head of Professional Services Vertical Sales, Major Accounts, and Sales Solutions for LinkedIn. Sumter has been a member of the FourBlock Board since 2017. He is a veteran of the First Gulf War where he served in the U.S. Army in Saudi Arabia and Iraq for operations Desert Storm and Shield.

Career and Workplace Expert, New York Times Bestselling Author, International Speaker, and LinkedIn Learning Instructor Lindsey Pollak first joined the FourBlock Board in 2018.  

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the FourBlock Board of Directors,” said Sumter. “I look forward to working with our talented team of board members, staff, and volunteers to continue our important work supporting military veterans and spouses in their transition to the corporate workforce.” 

Pollak added, “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Vice Chair on FourBlock’s Board. It’s an organization that is doing essential work to support our veterans and military spouses, and I’m looking forward to working with the board and staff to help FourBlock continue to grow and succeed.” 

The role of Chair was previously held by Missy Owens, who will remain on the Board and continue to serve alongside fellow Board members Michael Abrams, Honorary Chairman General Charles Krulak, Chairman Emeritus Colonel Bill Murray, Jo Ann Ross, Treasurer Rick Miners, and Secretary Richard Stehl. 

FourBlock is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that equips veterans and military spouses to successfully transition to meaningful new careers by connecting them to leading employers and providing them with the tools and relationships needed to excel in the civilian workplace. Since its founding in 2010, the organization has served more than 3,500 members of the military community through its flagship Career Readiness Program. 

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About FourBlock

FourBlock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans and military spouses in their transition from military service to meaningful civilian careers. FourBlock’s flagship Veteran Career Readiness Program is taught by corporate executives in major cities across the U.S. and now serves more than 600 transitioning veterans annually. To learn more about how FourBlock is equipping veterans and military spouses to successfully transition to meaningful civilian careers, visit or contact

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