Derek Douglas, who has been serving as senior adviser to President Obama on urban policy, will join the University of Chicago in January as vice president for civic engagement. Since 2009 Douglas has been the Special Assistant to the President for Urban Policy. Previously, he was director of the Washington office of the governor of New York. He also has served as director of the Economic Mobility Program of the Center for American Progress.
Douglas is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in economics. He earned a law degree at Yale.