Alumni Engagement and Outreach Fellow
Derek is WSP’s Alumni Engagement and Outreach Fellow. In this role, Derek is responsible for outreach to prospective applicants, coordination with program participants, and the development of alumni engagement activities.
Derek joined the U.S. Army in 2004 and served for eleven years. His first assignment took him to Germany with the 1st Armored Division, and he deployed with 1AD to Iraq in 2007. His next assignment was with Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), in Homestead, FL. While he was with SOCSOUTH, he deployed in support of Operation Unified Response, a humanitarian operation to help the citizens of Haiti after the massive earthquake in 2010. Derek separated from the Army in 2015 and earned his associate degree in International Relations from Miami Dade College. In May 2020, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in Political Science. Derek is an alumnus of Warrior-Scholar Project, having attended the humanities academic boot camp at Harvard University in 2019, and in 2020 returned as a Virtual Training Team Fellow.
Derek is married and has two children. He still remains active in the community by participating in a number of volunteer projects. He enjoys playing golf and riding his motorcycle when the South Florida weather cooperates.