Meet Derrick Hall

I grew up in Akron with a single mother in government housing. Some days we were unsure of what we were going to eat. When I was 13, my mother finished her teaching degree and became a full time teacher. Our lives improved; better housing, more food security, and less stress. I realized at that time how education could transform a person’s life. I graduated from North High School and went on to attend the University of Akron, The Ohio State University, and Harvard University. I now hold multiple degrees and am proud of my accomplishments yet I have never forgotten my childhood experiences. Those years taught me how important it was and still is for the government to provide ladders out of poverty for people working to achieve their goals. The assistance we received ensured we survived, and eventually thrived.

I serve as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the United States Army Reserve. In civilian life, I work in healthcare utilizing my MBA, law, and pharmacy degrees. With each degree and career decision, I have never wavered in my desire to serve our community.

My wife and I live in west Akron with our two daughters. I serve on various boards and am currently serving as the President of the Akron Public School Board. During this time, I have seen first hand all of the issues that impact our families that cannot be addressed by the schools. The Ohio State Legislature makes many decisions that affect our communities, especially our children. I want to leverage my broad educational and professional experience in Columbus to better serve the community that has helped me thrive.


  • U.S. Army Reserve JAG Captain (Judge Advocate General’s Corps)-Present
  • Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance Board of Directors 2022-Present
  • Scouts BSA Board of Directors 2021-Present
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Board of Directors 2021-Present
  • Akron Public Schools Board of Education 2020-2023
  • Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio Board of Advisors 2019-Present
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Board of Directors 2018-Present
  • PPG Community Action Panel Committee 2018-Present
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Akron Board of Directors 2015-2019


  • Master’s in Clinical Service Operations, Harvard Medical School.
  • Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy.
  • Graduate of the U.S. Army Federal Contract Course, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Officer Basic Course (JAOBC), The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA), The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business & Moritz College of Law Columbus, Ohio.
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy Columbus, Ohio,.
  • Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, The University of Akron Akron, Ohio.

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