DERRICK O. MARTIN is a seasoned, results-oriented professional with a vast experience in economic development, strategic planning, manufacturing and marketing. Martin is the Executive Director for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF), whose priorities are ensuring long-term economic vitality for Algiers. In this capacity, Martin has redirected AEDF’s focus towards developing strategies for business retention, expansion and corporate attraction as well as becoming an integral part of the state’s economic development eco-system.
Prior to joining AEDF, Martin served as the Director of Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). During his leadership role within Maricopa County Workforce Development Division in Arizona, Martin championed business development for over 400k businesses. He was tasked with challenging workforce and economic development issues such as creating pipelines of talent, lay-off aversion, positioning businesses for sustainability and developing specialized training programs. Martin’s experience also includes key roles in national marketing campaigns for companies such as General Motors, Verizon, The Coca-Cola Company and other private and public entities.
Martin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Jackson State University, along with certificates in Project Management from George Washington University and Six Sigma Studies from Kettering University formerly General Motors Institute.
Martin is married with three children and enjoys mentoring, advising both collegiate and professional athletes on life after sports, and playing chess.