Derek Steele

Health Equity Programs Director
Trained as an engineer, Steele finds teamwork to be a fundamental pillar of how he leads SJLI's Health Equity Programs area. Following a hypertension diagnosis, he and his family began evaluating the food options in their community and similar communities. Finding very few affordable and healthy food options, the solution needed was for the community to develop a local food movement. Co-architect of the 100 Seeds of Change initiative with Nicole Steele, he now oversees all health focused operations and programs offered by SJLI, as well as providing policy and advocacy leadership which articulate the community’s health priorities.