MEET DERICKSON K
As someone who identifies with the “DREAMers”’ experience (emigrated from the Caribbean at the age of 13) Derickson K was inspired by parents who worked hard to create a better future for eight brothers and sisters. His mother persevered through indignities and raised the educational bar by restarting her education when her teaching qualifications were not honored. Scrubbing floors by day, she earned her GED and subsequent Bachelors in Education at Brooklyn College at night. She continued to earn two Masters degrees: Education and Math. Her drive to excel was inexorable, paving the way her kids to become Engineers, lawyers, bankers, pharmacists, Grammy-winning music producers and contribute to this great experiment we call America.
Derickson K believes that the conditions of your birth should not dictate the outcome of your life. If you fall, with a support structure you can rise. He attributes the United Federation of Teachers’ Union support structure as a key to his mother’s drive and economic success in the seventies and eighties—a lesson that solidified his strong support for today’s union and the need for collective bargaining. His story is the American story. It’s about family, education, hard work, sacrifice, the desire for a better life, and helping others along the way.
As the first to enter college in the seventies—Howard University—he paved the way for three of his younger brothers and sisters to follow him. Today the family of brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews continue the legacy at Howard.
He is a banking executive with 32 years of management consultant experience with companies like KPMG and the Gartner Group (helping lead Fortune 500 companies). He is currently engaged in three small business ventures—two with national footprints, and one with vendors and customers in Europe and Asia. And, he just founded MYB $eed Tank (2015)—a fund that raises capital to help small business grow, graduate, and flourish. His public sector experience spans some 30 years in solving problems in the County and the region. It includes a leadership role in shaping the review of Westchester County’s $1.7 Billion budget process, its capital plans, and its ethics and personnel policies, via a 21-member Charter Revision Commission (2011-2013). The Commission’s recommendations will guide the County for the next decade.
Further, he has a track record of success in tackling and solving tough problems by building coalitions. Over the years, those efforts have delivered real solutions and yielded tangible results—on issues ranging from crime and gun violence; tax reform; education-changing the process of learning; economic empowerment and job growth through innovation. His most recent accomplishment was leading a coalition industry leaders and lawmakers to sign on to state legislation to lower prescription drug prices. Google each issue with “Derickson K”. Other public sector experiences are listed under the accomplishments link.