Derrell Bradford

Exec VP

Derrell Bradford is the executive vice president of 50CAN, a non-profit that supports local leaders working to improve state education policy through advocacy. Derrell recruits and trains local leaders across the 50CAN network for roles as CAN executive directors, fellows and advocates. He also leads the National Voices fellowship, which focuses on political collaboration, education policy and innovation, and respectful civil discourse. He also leads 50CAN’s advocacy and communications efforts in New York.

Derrell previously served as the executive director at Better Education for Kids in New Jersey. At B4K Derrell worked to secure passage of the tenure reform legislation TEACH NJ. Prior to B4K, Derrell spent nine years with New Jersey’s Excellent Education for Everyone (E3) as director of communications and then executive director. While there he also served on the state’s Educator Effectiveness Task Force.

Derrell frequently contributes to education debates in print, digital, radio and TV media. He serves on the boards of Success Academy Charter Schools and EdBuild, among others. A native of Baltimore, Derrell attended the St. Paul’s School for Boys and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English.

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