Derwin Sisnett

West Grand Division

Dr. Derwin Sisnett is a partner of Maslow Development Inc. (Maslow), a real estate & community development firm that advises, designs, and develops mixed-use communities anchored by high-performing schools. Dr. Sisnett has spent the last decade in community development, public education, and venture capital with a particular focus on coalescing and maximizing community assets. Prior to Maslow, Dr. Sisnett co-founded and served as the CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter management organization that develops high-performing, community-based charter schools in Memphis, Tennessee. Under his leadership, GCS grew into one of the highest-performing networks of schools in Tennessee and anchored over 40 acres of a mixed-use development that he spearheaded, including a performing arts center and affordable housing. Dr. Sisnett earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Memphis. He has held board seats at arts, healthcare, foundation, and education-based companies. In 2015, Dr. Sisnett became the youngest person to chair the board of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, the nation’s largest 3-tier public utility. In 2019, he joined the inaugural board of the governor-appointed Tennessee Public Charter School Commission. He is a Broad Academy Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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