Derrell is the executive director of NYCAN: The New York Campaign for Achievement Now and leads the Corps Knowledge project. He previously served as the executive director at Better Education for Kids, a 501c4 organization supporting bipartisan education reforms in New Jersey. Derrell also spent nine years with New Jersey’s Excellent Education for Everyone as its executive director and director of communications. He served on Governor Chris Christie’s Educator Effectiveness Task Force, which gave recommendations on a new, statewide evaluation system for teachers and leaders. Derrell also serves on several boards, including Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, St. Anthony High School in Jersey City and EdBuild, which he chairs. Derrell likes fiction, video games and road biking (when not crashing on said bike).