Derek became an advocate for Medicare For All after a bout with a crippling nerve disease. This public battle and recovery led Derek to become a passionate advocate for this without health insurance.
Derek was elected the youngest chair in Iowa Democratic Party history. Watch one of his appearances advocating for Democrats during the Trump Presidency.
Castro Debate Prep
Click here to hear Derek featured on "This American Life" while leading debate prep for Julián Castro's first debate, where he emerged as the breakout star of the evening. (Clips starts at 15:38)
The Obama Campaign
Derek was one of the first organizers hired for President Barack Obama's campaign, back in January 2007. Derek worked for the campaign and Organizing for American through 2012. Click here to see what his colleagues wrote about his time with the campaign.