Derrick Alan Everett is a director in The Raben Group’s Strategic Planning practice area, bringing ten years of experience working alongside impacted leaders across the nation. He has a deeply rooted understanding of restorative justice, empowering engagement, and systemic change amid volatile, complex, and ambiguous conditions.
Derrick offers clients and partners the benefit of his earned experience guiding teams towards creative and impactful power-building, stakeholder alignment and activation, and solutions-focused deliverables. He has served in senior roles of strategy/planning, community/faith organizing, lobbying/advocacy, strategic communications, and campaign/movement management.
Before joining Raben for a stint as an associate early in his career, Derrick earned a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law to become the first lawyer in his immediate family. In addition, he holds an LL.M in Entertainment and Media Law from Southwestern Law School, a master’s in fine arts in Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Writing and American Culture Studies from Washington University.
Additionally, Derrick completed two years as an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Communications, along with a six-month certificate in Public Theology through the Drum Major for Justice program at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. He is a New Leaders Council Fellow, an Education Pioneers Fellow, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., initiated in the audacious Alpha Eta chapter of Greater St. Louis. Originally from Atlanta, Derrick splits his time between Hartford, Conn., and Washington, D.C.