Derek Nelson is a Partner at Clique, a digital design and engineering company he co-founded while in college. Now a team of 30, the bootstrapped agency has grown organically for 10 straight years, won dozens of industry awards, and was recently named one of Chicago's “Best and Brightest Places to Work.” Designing and coding since middle school, Derek has served as an instructor at Startup Institute and a mentor at 1871 and General Assembly. He has written on the topics of entrepreneurship and design for Entrepreneur Magazine, Smashing Magazine, Glassdoor, and more.Previously a Field Organizer on the 2008 Obama campaign, Derek works at night to write re:act, a weekly newsletter with suggested actions to take part in our democracy during the Trump presidency. Over 25,000 people have signed up since the election. Locally, he serves on the Young Leaders Board for Cure Violence, an organization proven to reduce violence from 41%-73% in the areas it serves.As a songwriter, he records and plays around Chicago as a solo act and with a 7-piece band named Martin Van Ruin. In 2014, he made the list of “5 Chicago Songwriters You Need to Hear” (American Songwriter Magazine) and released "one of the best local albums of the year” (Jessica Hopper - MTV/Pitchfork/Chicago Tribune).Derek was a 2008 honors graduate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He lives in Bucktown with his wife, son, and a golden retriever who is, incidentally, a very good boy.