Derek leads the University’s local, national, and international urban development and civic engagement efforts, collaborating across campus to enhance local communities and enrich the work of faculty and students through research, education, and direct engagement. His team is responsible for civic partnerships, neighborhood initiatives, and federal, state, and local government relations. Prior to joining UChicago in 2012, Derek led work on urban and metropolitan policy issues for the White House Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to President Obama. He also served as Washington Counsel to New York Governor David A. Paterson. Derek graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in Economics and from the Yale Law School.