Derrick W. Byrd has been an advocate for children and families for more than 30 years and an active PTA member at the local, state and national level. Highly regarded for his work in various leadership positions for several non-profit organizations and governmental human service agencies, Derrick is an emerging, independent African-American leader of change and empowerment.
Working extensively in New York and North Carolina PTAs, Derrick is past president of the Wake County Council of PTAs and the Mount Vernon Council of PTAs. Derrick is past president of the Alfred Franko Middle School PTA and served on the Westchester District Board in various leadership positions until 1994. Derrick has served on the North Carolina PTA Board of Directors as Health and Welfare Commission Chairman and Vice President for Legislative Activity. Derrick has recently served as the Membership Committee Chairperson for the National PTA and served as a member representative on the National PTA Board of Directors, male involvement, CEO performance review, bylaws and resolutions committees.
Derrick served as the Secretary for the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children; Chairperson of the Policy Council for the Raleigh, NC-based Wake, Chatham, and Orange County Head Start program; Chairman of the Coalition for a Better Education in Mount Vernon, NY; President of the Board of Directors for HopeLine, Inc.; and President of the North Carolina Family-Based Services Association. Derrick is also the founding member of the Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Inc. He served as a member of the Raising Achievement and Closing the Gap Advisory Commission of the State Department of Public Instruction and currently is the co-chairperson of the Raising Achievement and Closing the Gap Committee for Wake County Public Schools.
Derrick is often featured and quoted in local and national press and publications, where he addresses a family involvement and engagement, fatherhood initiatives, advocacy, racial disparities and disproportionality, child welfare, child mental health and public education reform. He is listed in Cambridge’s Who’s Who of Distinguished Individuals and received several honors, including: National PTA’s Distinguished Service and Life Member Awards, Connecticut PTA Life Achievement Award, New York State and North Carolina Life Member Awards, Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Inc.’s 10 year Service Award and other local, state and national recognitions.
Derrick has a master’s in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Science degree from Touro College. He is the father of two children, Alexander, 13, and William, 12.