is the co-founder and CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter
management organization that develops and manages the growth of
high-performing, community-based charter schools in Tennessee. In partnership
with the Power Center CDC and the City of Memphis, GCS
is redeveloping 43 acres of blighted property in the Hickory Hill community,
transforming it into a mixed-use development anchored by its founding school,
Power Center Academy.
has earned a BA in Psychology from Emory University and a Master of Fine Arts
in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Derwin is also a Pahara-Aspen
Fellow and a Broad Academy Fellow.