Community-Based Solutions Supervisor, California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Derek Kirk is a millennial, engagement expert, community advocate and proud Californian. He currently serves as the Community-Based Solutions Supervisor for the California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz). In this capacity, he is responsible for establishing a new team within GO-Biz that will work directly with local economic development practitioners and community-based organizations as they work to strategize and implement more equitable communities and economies. He manages a team of regionally based coordinators and issue-specific staff across California’s 13 economic regions. His personal mission is to build better systems to strengthen local communities. He is passionate about local issues and spends much of his time listening to community leaders express their ideas and brainstorming how to get more people to pull up a chair and share.