Deron has developed and led multi-million dollar social impact strategies executed by schools, nonprofits, philanthropies and others. A french hornist turned arts administrator, he began his arts admin journey as a senior leader of Cincinnati Outreach Music Project, a creative youth development initiative that served nearly 800 students each school day.
Following his work in Cincinnati, Deron directed partnerships, operations, and research as the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Memphis Music Initiative, a 5-year, $25-Million creative youth development initiative. He then served as the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Boston Symphony Orchestra leading education and community partnerships for the brand. Following BSO, Deron served as Assistant Director for Youth Programs at Carnegie Hall where he directed Carnegie’s NYC-based teen strategy, Future Music Project. There, he led a team of Grammy Nominated and Award-Winning Teaching Artists to build content and experiences for youth from all 5 boroughs.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM, Music Education, French Horn) and the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania with National Arts Strategies, where he routinely serves as a teaching fellow for the Strategy And Positioning course.
Teaching Fellow for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy