Derek Douglas is the President of the Civic Committee and the Commercial Club of Chicago. As President, Douglas works with the most senior executives from the business, education, cultural, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to address the key issues facing the Chicago region, in an effort to make our region a better place for everyone to live, work and do business. Douglas served as Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs with the University of Chicago where he led the University’s efforts with respect to civic engagement, corporate partnerships, and urban development. From 2009 through 2012, Douglas served on the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Urban Affairs, where he led the White House’s work on urban and metropolitan policy issues. Prior to his White House service, Douglas worked as Washington Counsel to New York Governor David A. Paterson and Director of New York State’s Washington, D.C. Office.
Derek Douglas, Civic and Economic Impact