Derrell Bradford

Board Chair

Board chair Derrell Bradford is the president of 50CAN. Derrell previously served as the executive director at Better Education for Kids, where he led successful efforts to reform teacher tenure and to electl reform-minded candidates across the state. Prior to B4K, Derrell spent nine years with New Jersey’s Excellent Education for Everyone (E3) as director of communications and then executive director. Derrell frequently contributes to education debates in print, digital, radio and TV media. He has served on several boards dedicated to putting the needs of students and families first, including Success Academy Charter Schools, EdBuild, The Partnership for Educational Justice, NACSA and The Parent Coalition for Excellent Education. 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.