Staff & Board

Our Team



Derek Lewis

Executive Director

Derek joined Greenville First Steps in 2008 as executive director after serving as director of youth and teen services with the YMCA of Greenville. Derek served as a Trustee of the Greenville County School Board from 2014-2022. He also sits on a variety of community boards including Greater Good Greenville, Communities in Schools SC, and the SC Children's Theatre. He also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislature Committee on Children. He was part of Leadership Greenville Class 36 as well as a member of Leadership South Carolina. He is also a member of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship program (2011) and was named one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under (2009). Derek is married to Hedrick Lewis, a 4k teacher with Greenville County Schools, and they live in Greenville with their son, William. email-icon-clear

Board of Director Meetings

The Greenville First Steps Board of Directors meetings are always open to the public. Meetings locations are listed below.
Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Friday, Feb 9, 1pm NEXT innovation center (411 University Ridge, Greenville)
  • Friday, April 12, 1pm, Greenville First Steps office (700 N Pleasantburg Drive)
  • Friday, Sept 13, 1pm, Greenville First Steps office (700 N Pleasantburg Drive)
  • Friday, Dec 13 NOON, Annual Meeting and board meeting, location TBA

Board of Directors

Board Minutes

Financial Transparency