Derrick Bolton

Associate Dean for External Relations, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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About Derrick

Derrick Bolton is the Associate Dean for External Relations at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he is responsible for leading the alumni relations team and development organization. Derrick says of joining the board, “Making Waves Academy and Making Waves are mission-driven and impact-oriented exemplars in expanding access and advancing successful outcomes for underserved communities. I’m humbled to join the board and to contribute to the Making Waves Education Foundation’s goals.”

Derrick is a committed leader with nearly two decades of experience in higher education. In his prior role at Stanford, Bolton helped launch the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, a multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world focused on addressing the complex challenges facing society, as the inaugural director of admission. He previously led the MBA Admission Office at Stanford GSB for 15 years, where he and his team enhanced the diversity and quality of the MBA cohorts. Derrick also brings experience in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company. He is a long-time trustee of the Nueva School in Hillsborough and San Mateo. He earned his BA from Southern Methodist University and his MA in education and MBA from Stanford University. He resides in Palo Alto.