Derek is a Senior Software Engineer on the Geospatial Applications Team at Azavea.
He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He also has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining Azavea, Derek worked for three years as head of the web development team at the Georgian chapter of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement (the Georgia near Turkey, not the US state). There he oversaw the development of web applications designed to promote government transparency in Georgia, including a local adaptation of MySociety’s FixMyStreet concept, and a website monitoring the voting history and financial assets of members of the Georgian Parliament. He also developed software to assist TI Georgia’s researchers in studying the state procurement contracts won by corporations affiliated with high-level government officials.
In his free time, Derek can be found inside a dance studio learning ballet and tap dance, or exploring the city on his bicycle. Derek also enjoys studying the Georgian language, playing with his cat, and whistling along with Broadway musical soundtracks.