Derek grew up in New England and graduated from Lasell University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. Following college, Derek joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and attended OCS in January of 2009, going on to become a jet pilot, flying EA-6B Prowlers. As a member of VMAQ2, he deployed several times to the Middle East and Asia before relocating to D.C. in 2019 to take over as the Staff Secretary for the Commanding General of Marine Corps Training Command. Derek also hold an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Boston University. Derek left active duty in July of 2020 as a Captain and is an MBA candidate with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business class of 2022.