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Derek Bruner


Director of Strategic Initiatives

Derek Bruner is an arts professional with ten years of nonprofit experience in the areas of strategic operations, growth planning, governance & fundraising, culture & people development, and program evaluation. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Derek develops, oversees and helps implement programs and projects that support The Wooden Floor’s vision and short- and long-term strategic plans. During his tenure, Derek oversaw the rollout of the organization’s second location, Depot at Santiago, which increased The Wooden Floor's afterschool student body to nearly 500 year-round children and their families. Derek also led the organization’s Culture Sustainability Task Force to enhance and sustain the organization’s culture through growth. These efforts resulted in The Wooden Floor being named one of the Orange County Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2018. In addition, Derek oversees the ongoing development of The Wooden Floor In A Box© as well as the administration of the organization’s 10-year longitudinal study. Derek holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from Chapman University and a Masters of Public Administration from Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system.