Derek is a public servant, technologist, network architect, and innovator. Throughout his career he has been focused on building innovative solutions to address the most complex challenges faced by education today.
As the Executive Director Derek serves as the chief executive of Arizona’s fast-growing research and education network, The Sun Corridor Network (SCN). With over 20 years of experience in education technology his passion and enthusiasm for bringing technology to education is demonstrated throughout Arizona. Derek and the SCN team have been focused most recently on Digital Equity solutions, building Arizona’s first open-access middle-mile, and assisting schools to meet modern technology demands, particularly mid-pandemic.
Additionally, Derek currently serves on the Boards of Directors and advisory committees for a number of collaborative non-profits, including The Quilt, WestNet Research & Education Collaboration, and the Internet2.
Alongside his pursuits in education technology Derek is an avid outdoorsman, watersports enthusiast, and gearhead. Alongside his wife and sons he spends most of his spare time camping, wakeboarding, backpacking, or tinkering with cars, RZRs, and other off-road vehicles.