Our Mentors

Derwin Sisnett

Derwin is a partner of Maslow Development Inc. (Maslow), a real estate & community development firm that advises, designs and develops mixed-use communities anchored by high performing schools. 

Derwin has spent the last decade in community development, public education, and venture capital with a particular focus on coalescing and maximizing community assets. Prior to Maslow, Derwin co-founded and served as the CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter management organization that develops high-performing, community-based charter schools in Memphis, Tennessee. Under his leadership, GCS grew into one of the highest-performing networks of schools in Tennessee. 

Derwin earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. He has held numerous board seats at healthcare, foundation and education-based companies. In 2015, Derwin became the youngest person to chair the board of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, the nation’s largest 3-tier public utility. He is a Broad Academy Fellow, a Praxis mentor, a member of the fifth class of Aspen-Pahara Education and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.