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Executive Director, Information Technology & Digital Transformation


In this role, Derrick will create a technology vision while executing and driving the enterprise-wide information technology strategy. He will work closely with senior stakeholders and executive leadership to define the role of information technology operations in the broader association and how it can enable important organization-wide objectives.  

Derrick brings vast technology and leadership experience to Achieving the Dream. Most recently, Derrick served as the Vice President of Digital Information Solutions at the National Apartment Association. Responsible for overseeing the Digital Applications Management, Infrastructure Services, and Client Solutions team serving 145 state and local affiliates, over 91,000 members, and more than 11 million apartment homes globally. Before that role, he served as the Director of Information Technology for Advantage Engineers, overseeing the enterprise infrastructure of the nationwide telecommunications engineering firm – supporting 13 locations across the United States. Derrick previously served in similar roles for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), RiverMend Health, and Ultra-Electronics, amongst other organizations. He studied computer and information science and systems management at the University of Maryland. 


University of Maryland  

Millennium Institute of Technology 

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Past Experience:

VP, Digital Information Solutions | National Apartment Association 

Director, Information Technology | Advantage Engineers 

Senior Director, Information Technology | National Association for the Education of Young Children 

Director, Information Technology | RiverMend Health 

Director, Information Technology | Information Systems Worldwide Corporation 

How has education changed your life/your family? 

Education comes in many forms, whatever form you choose, education is the key to self-growth. For me, I chose to remain curious. Following not only my technology interests but things that sparked curiosity and led me to read, research and educate myself to feed the curiosity. Education for me also meant learning from peers not only in the technology space but other areas to help create a holistic view of business and the world around us. 

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