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Derrick is a political strategist, consultant, and communicator with more than 15 years of experience on all levels of politics and public relations. He is currently a Senior Director at Purple Strategies. As a strategic communicator, Derrick specializes in public affairs, crisis and political communications, multicultural, diversity and inclusion, and media relations.Before joining Purple, Derrick was a vice president on Edelman's crisis and reputation and public affairs teams where his client work included numerous Fortune 500 companies.Previously, Derrick was an assistant communications director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union International (UFCW). He served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the first term of the Obama Administration overseeing the agency's press and media outreach, including the historic $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement agreement.His political work includes serving on the Kerry/Edwards 2004 presidential campaign, as a regional press secretary and director of African American media affairs for the Democratic National Committee, and as communications director for Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D- WI).Derrick holds a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Howard University and resides in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.
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