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About Derrick Young Jr., MPH 

Executive Director


Derrick Young Jr. is a champion for social justice, racial equity, and anti-oppression. He is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Leadership Brainery, where he cultivates inclusive communities of hope, belonging, and action.  Leadership Brainery’s signature program is an Ambassador Fellowship, which identifies extraordinary diverse young leaders working for the greater good and provides them unique opportunities to advance their education, build inclusive networks, and gain impactful and high-wage careers.


He was recently the Policy and Strategy Specialist for Intergovernmental Relations at the Boston Public Health Commission. At BPHC, he represented the City of Boston on local and state public health coalitions, drafted priority legislation, and prepared the annual operating budget for approval by the City Council. At the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, he was assigned to Boston’s Medical Intelligence Center as the Information Box Supervisor. In that role, he provided colleagues, first-responders, and local residents with rapidly evolving coronavirus updates.


Derrick is the former Membership Chair of Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board and former Public Health Alumni Association President at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Tufts Alumni Council and the United Negro College Fund New England Leadership Council. Derrick earned his MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine and his BA from Grambling State University.  He also has a certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School.

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