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Derrick Fulton

Derrick Fulton
Market President

Derrick Fulton currently serves as a market president at City Year, previously occupying the role of regional vice president over the course of three years. In his current role, Derrick oversees 10 affiliate sites, including Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Tulsa.

Prior to City Year, he was the executive director at University Settlement, a neighborhood center in the Broadway/Slavic Village community in Cleveland, Ohio. Derrick managed 33 staff members and 11 AmeriCorps members and worked with 16 board members. He oversaw a $3 million+ budget, three facilities, and 10 major programs serving 15,000 children, families and seniors daily. Derrick led a successful turnaround, reducing the operational and structural debt he inherited by 75% in less than five years, while increasing the budget by 42% during that same period. He increased funding from various funders, ranging anywhere from 25%-225%. Also, Derrick oversaw programming that helped students improve their literacy assessment scores by 80%.

Before joining University Settlement, Derrick served in several executive capacities, including at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Communities in Schools of Central Ohio (CIS). As a Transformation Specialist at the ODE, Derrick managed nine schools, coached principals and oversaw a SIG budget totaling $20 million. Overall, 100% of the schools Derrick oversaw were approved for consecutive years of funding. Also, at the helm of CIS, Derrick led the site through aggressive growth and expansion, serving nearly 5,000 students daily. 

Derrick is a strategic leader with a results-driven performance history. He leads with integrity, authenticity and passion, combined with experience working directly in the communities he serves. Also, Derrick has significant experience managing P&Ls, fundraising, leading diverse staff and boards and developing collaborative partnerships within systemically under-resourced school districts with student achievement as the primary focus. Derrick graduated with a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Bluffton University, and he earned a Master of Science from Franklin University.

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