Derrick Johnson

Director, School Launch and Incubation

Derrick Johnson is a Director on the School Launch and Incubation team. In this role, he leads programming and supports for entrepreneurs approved to launch new innovative public schools in Washington, DC. He supports school founders and their leadership teams beginning with their planning year through their third year of operations.

Prior to joining CityBridge, Derrick was an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where he led sourcing, diligence, selection, and grants management for investments in new innovative school models nationally. A Teach For America alumnus, earlier in his career, Derrick was a Lead Teacher and then a School Leader at Success Academy Charter Schools. His students consistently ranked in the top 1% in math and top 2% in reading in New York State. Derrick began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Human Capital Management division, supporting programming, strategy, and analysis across talent management with a focus on diversity.

Derrick earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where he was awarded a tuition fellowship, was a Rathbun Fellow and was named Master’s Student of the Year at the Graduate School of Education. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and an Oprah Winfrey Scholar.

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