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Audience in Lecture










Derrell Bradford is the president of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. In his role, Derrell trains and recruits local leaders across the country to serve as executive directors of state CANs, advocacy fellows, and citizen advocates. He founded the National Voices fellowship, 50CAN's effort to bring together people of different political views in a bipartisan and collaborative fashion to tackle the challenges and promise of education policy in America, and leads the organization's work on communications and policy. Derrell previously served as the executive director of Better Education for Kids (B4K), which worked to secure the passage of tenure reform legislation in New Jersey. Prior to B4K, Derrell spent nine years at Excellent Education for Everyone (E3) under the mentorship of education reform leader Dan Gaby. At E3, he also served as a member of the New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force. Before his work in education, Derrell worked as an editor at City Guide and 411 Magazines in New York. His passion for writing continues at present, and he often authors essays on education, race, liberty, and culture. Derrell serves on several boards and leadership councils that focus on educational opportunity such as Success Academy Charter Schools, the PIE Network, and yes. every kid., and was board chair of the education finance organization EdBuild. He is a member of the AEI Leadership Network, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and member of the practitioner council of the Hoover Education Success Initiative. A native of Baltimore, Derrell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in English.

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