Founding Director of the Equity and Justice Institute, The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
Derric serves as a member of the senior administrative team at The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and is the founding director of Crossroads’ Equity and Justice Institute, which oversees social justice advocacy and equity education on campus.
Prior to Crossroads, Derric was senior deputy, public safety and justice, for the office of Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. In this role, Derric’s achievements include establishing the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department to increase transparency and decrease officer-involved shootings, improving protections for foster youth in California; and reforming the largest probation department in the US. He also procured $5 million from the state’s Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention funds to support restorative justice and community-based programs to divert youth from the juvenile-justice system.
Derric was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to represent the Second District as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, where he was recently elected Vice President. He also serves as a board member for Brilliant Corners, a housing nonprofit for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs, and was appointed to the Executive Council of the Children’s Defense Fund-CA.
Derric earned his BA in sociology from Pitzer. As a National Urban Fellow, he earned his secondary master’s in public administration from Baruch College-City University of New York and completed a master’s in business management from Azusa Pacific University.