With over 15 years of experience in cross-cultural and cross-sector collaborations, Derek Peebles is a prominent figure in community economic development. As a proponent of sustainable economic growth, he brings together various businesses, residents, and institutions, leveraging the combined power of private, public, and social capital to create transformative opportunities.
Currently, Derek holds a senior position at a national sustainability organization, where he plays a pivotal role in establishing influential peer networks, advocating for policy shifts, promoting place-based finance, and investing in revitalized local economies.
Previously, Derek spearheaded an organization that supported a vast network of 60 independent business alliances across 32 states, benefiting over 50,000 small business owners. This initiative uplifted local businesses, contributing to community-driven economic growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drawing on Peter Block’s Six Conversations, Derek facilitates meaningful dialogue between community and economic developers, fund managers, impact investors, advocacy groups, small business associations, faith-based institutions and frontline communities. By focusing on inherent strengths and the power of connected conversations, Derek empowers diverse stakeholders to collaborate effectively. Through his work, Derek unlocks the potential of both individuals and communities, ensuring that investment strategies align closely with the aspirations and needs of the communities he serves.
Passionate about forging meaningful partnerships and advancing inclusive economic strategies, Derek resides in Cincinnati, OH. He holds an M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership and a B.A. in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University.View Other Team Members