Derreck Johnson (he/him) is a proud, third generation, Oakland native and resident.
Derreck was raised by a single mom in West Oakland’s Acorn housing projects, one of our most underserved neighborhoods. His mom worked up to three jobs so he could have a better life. She taught him to work hard and selflessly for others, take pride in his community, and keep his word.
Thanks to support from his strong extended family and community, Derreck would go on to Fisk University, a historic black college in the south, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which promoted
brotherhood, service, and community advocacy. After
earning his degree in Business Administration, he returned to Oakland determined to serve his community. Derreck co-founded Home of Chicken and Waffles located in Oakland's Jack London Square 17 years ago and is very involved in the community. Derreck is honored to serve on the board of directors of the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center.