With more than 20 years in the apparel industry, Derek has held many roles in different divisions, but most relevantly was the VP of Global Sustainability at Volcom between 2011-2015.
After 19 years with Volcom, Derek left the company to play a co-founding role at KOZM, the yoga centered, sustainability driven, lifestyle brand that he currently manages.
Derek teaches a 3-course Sustainable Apparel Certificate program at Orange Coast College that he designed & developed and is also the founder at The Underswell, crafting sustainability talks and advice for individuals and brands to help navigate the complexities of sustainability in our modern lifestyles and to better integrate sustainability into our business and lives.
Derek has recently served as a director on the boards of the Orange Coast College Foundation, PangeaSeed Foundation, an NGO dedicated to shark and ocean conservation, the UC Irvine Alumni Association, and the Costa Mesa Foundation.
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