Derrick Drakeford

Freelance Technical Writer & Business Consultant

Location:Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
Derrick Rudolph Drakeford, MPA

• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government,
Masters of Public Administration, 2002
• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work,
Certificate of Non-Profit Leadership, 2002
• Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL., Bachelors of Political Science, with Honors, 2000
• The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University- Certificate of
Achievement, Preparing Successful Grant Proposals; 2005
• The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University- Certificate of
Achievement, Fundraising for Small Nonprofits; 2005


• CEO, Drakeford, Scott and Associates L.L.C., Durham, NC and Landover, MD 2003-Present, Community-Minded Consulting, Nonprofit consulting, strategic planning, cost-benefit analysis, S.W.O.T. analysis, grant writing, grant writing training, professional development. Manage a select group of independent contractors, academicians, and consultants. Services aimed towards organizations working in underserved communities. For more information see:

• Adjunct Faculty, Masters in Public Administration Program North Carolina Central University, Durham NC 2007- 2009 Courses; Faith-Based Organizations and Economic Development; American Governmental Systems

• Director of Community Service and Dean of Freshman Studies at Shaw University, Raleigh NC 2003-05; Administrated entire Freshman Studies program including recruiting and managing eight faculty positions, to serve 840 students. Facilitated community partnerships to increase student service opportunities, Instructor for Freshman Studies 111, Instructor for Community Service 112, Professor; Orientation to Shaw University, Additional work included curriculum design, professor training, published author on Service Learning, Assistant to Dean of Chapel with official task including administrative support, hospital visits, public speaking engagements, and counseling. Coordinated student community service with area non-profits and faith-based institutions.

• Director of Middle and High School Services, Communities In Schools of Wake County, Raleigh NC 2002-2003 Managed scholarship program, facilitated after school tutorial volunteer management, grant writing, and program evaluation. Designed college access program and strategic plan to help youth nurture a Vision of Success. Introduced and cultivated new partnerships for Communities In Schools including the Triangle Urban League, Shaw University, Richard B. Harrison Public Library, Public Allies Inc, Strengthening the Black Family, Inc. College Foundation Inc., Futures 4 Kids Inc., UNC Black Law Student Association, and Peace College. Designed and facilitated "Teen Time"; a teen enrichment program with a focus on communication, character education and public service. Presented at 2003 NC College Access Conference, Wilmington, NC.

• Independent Consultant, HMCUC 2003, (The Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium of North Carolina): an association comprising all thirteen minority Colleges and Universities in NC. Conducted nonprofit status feasibility study; including cost-benefit analysis, presentation to board in an advisory role. Designed eight week summer enrichment camp for African American High School Males For North Carolina Central University, including; personnel, budgets, logistics, fieldtrips, activities, classes, reflection sessions, and evaluation.

• Organizational Consultant, Women’s Center Inc., Chapel Hill, NC 2001 Conducted focus groups with minority women to ascertain public perception from women of color. Analyzed public perception data with consulting team of the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, MPA Program. Provided recommendations to the Women’s Center that were incorporated into their long-range strategic plan.

• Research Assistant, Triangle Urban League Inc., Raleigh, NC 2000 Analyzed and presented on needs assessment data for Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Designed a model for computer resource centers implemented in the Minority Achievement programs serving Chapel-Hill, Durham, and Raleigh students.

• Assistant Program Director, American Bible Society Inc., Daytona Beach/ New York, NY, FL 1998-2000 Assisted in interviewing, hiring, and training five collegiate student interns. Conducted presentations to area Pastors, Bishops, and Clergy. Represented the organization at banquets, church services, and public service events.


• Founder/ President, Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce 2008
• Team Leader/ Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and Shaw University
• CEO, Drakeford, Scott, & Associates L.L.C. 2007
• Co-Founder/ President Black Graduate Student Association at the UNC-CH events included: Help the Homeless Program, Date **** Prevention Program, Black History Education Pamphlets and, Jazz and Poetry Festival 1998-2002
• President and Vice President of the Beta Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Sigma 1998-2000


• Best Freshman Studies Instructor of the Year, Shaw University 2003
• "Sigma Man of the Year," Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., 2000
• Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 1999
• Bryant Gumble Scholar, United Negro College Fund, 1998
• Emerging Leaders Honor Society, Bethune-Cookman College, 1996
• Selected to North Carolina, "Boys State," by Chapel Hill High School, and the American Legion, 1995


• Finding Resources: MBE University, MD Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs 2011
• Team Building for Nonprofits: Neighborworks America, Kansas City, MO 2011
• Finding Your Purpose in 15 Minutes: University of Maryland College Park 2011
• Fundraising for Nonprofits What the Bible Says: Christian Chamber of Commerce, PA 2010
• Strategic Planning: Baltimore Urban League 2010
• Fundraising Principles: to Duke University’s MBA Program 2009
• Nonprofit Development: George Mason University, Women’s Center 2008
• Character Development, and Community Service; Community Service in the African American Community: "letting your light shine" Shaw University 2003
• Successful Economic Boycotts in the African-American Community: An Analysis of Critical Factors; Using Entrepreneurship to Motivate Black Youth
• The Pros and Cons of Non-Profit Status
• Needs Assessment of Wake County Public Schools System’s Drop out Rate 2001-2002; College Access program; Career Resource Centers –Creating a Vision of Success
• Teen Time: A Teen Enrichment Program with a focus on Communication
Skills, Gear Up Conference 2002
• A Critical Analysis of the Rising Unemployment Rate of African American Male Youths age 18-25 from 1960 to 1997 UNC-Chapel Hill MURAP Program 1995