Deron has developed and led multi-million dollar social impact strategies executed by schools, nonprofits, philanthropies and others.
Stemming from his work as Executive Director of Cincinnati Outreach Music Project, a creative youth development initiative that served nearly 800 students each school day, he was featured on the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer sparking the conversation, “Can Music Rescue a Life."
He was a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied, "replicable and sustainable arts-based intervention programs for at-risk youth," leading to presentations on behalf of the U.S. Department of State with (1) Community Arts Center Directors from Dakar, Senegal, Africa, and (2) artists and administrators from Iraq representing the Ministry of Culture, University of Baghdad, and the Iraqi National Symphony.
Following his work in Cincinnati, Deron directed global partnerships, operations, philanthropy, and research as the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Memphis Music Initiative, a 5-year, $25-Million creative youth development initiative. Deron also serves as an arts/equity/philanthropy subject matter expert on grant panels across the nation including the Heinz Endowments and the National Endowments for the Arts.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM '13, Music Education, French Horn) and the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at University of Pennsylvania, he currently serves as the Chief Executive and Innovation Officer with Memphis Arts Engine, a social impact design firm creating the innovations of tomorrow, today.