Derrick L. Smith

Director of Development
330 North Orchard Street, Room 3114
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his
Joined WID: 2019

Leads WID's efforts in strategic planning,donor relations and stewardship of major gifts


Derrick L. Smith was raised in Long Beach, CA, but has lived in the Midwest for many years, including Chicago and now Madison. He was the Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects for Catholic Charities of Madison and was the Area Manager for ThermoFisher Scientific. Derrick is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Madison and is a founding member of 100 Black Men of Madison, a mentoring organization for disadvantaged youth. He also serves on the Foundation Board of Agrace Hospice.


B.S., Biochemistry, George Williams College, U.S. Air Force Academy