About Derek


Born in Indiana, Derek moved to Gig Harbor with his family at the age of 8. He attended Peninsula public schools and after returning homefrom college, Derek worked in the private sector in finance and consulting.

At 21, Derek was asked to run for Gig Harbor City Council. Winning reelection 3 more times, he spent 16 years leading locally and regionally on growth, transportation, and budget policy.

In 2015 Derek was again called to run, this time for Pierce County Council. As member of the Council, Derek represents District #7 which covers the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas, Islands, and parts of North and West Tacoma.

Derek serves on all four Council Committees including:

  • Public Safety, Human Services, & Budget - Vice Chair
  • Community Development
  • Economic & Infrastructure Development
  • Performance Audit

Derek also represents Pierce County on a number of external boards and commissions including:

  • National Association of Counties
    • Health Policy Board
    • Behavioral Health Subcommittee - Chair
  • Washington State Association of Counties
    • Legislative Steering Committee - Chair
    • Federal Policy Committee
    • Litigation and Communication Strategy
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board
  • Alliance for a Healthy South Sound Executive Board
  • Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors
  • Pierce County Regional Council
  • Rainier Communications Commission
  • Sewerage and/or Water General Plan Review Committee
  • Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission Ex-Officio
  • Tacoma Pierce County Health Board Member
  • Transportation Benefit District 
  • Zoo and Trek Authority 
Re-Elect Derek Young, Pierce County Council