NYC Field Director
Derek Perkinson joined the National Action Network as the NYC Field Director, in 2018. Perkinson oversees NAN advocacy and organizing efforts, including staff and volunteer leader efforts, the individual New York City chapters, and the 18 committees in all five boroughs. Derek manages the House of Justice, the National Action Network’s National Headquarters in Harlem.
Before joining NAN, Derek worked at the Black Institute – a think tank and nonprofit advocacy organization – where he served as the Chief Community Organizer in their New York City office. He has years of experience organizing communities of color to advocate and engage in political campaigns, criminal justice reform, economic justice, census, and voting rights, civic engagement, and immigration policy.
Derek is a member of Community Board 10 in Harlem. He also sits on the Advisory Boards for the P.O.S.T. Act (Protection Oversight Surveillance Technology), calling for transparency and accountability within the NYPD’s use of surveillance technology and Climate Crisis Policy, advocating for our climate.