Derek Brennan

Community Planning Fellow • 2021

University/College Columbia University


Derek Brennan is a M.S. in Urban Planning candidate at Columbia University’s graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana in 2015. Previously, Derek took on a venture of renovating and managing multi-use historic buildings with his family in his hometown of St. Louis. This experience grounded his love of social science in the built environment and ultimately motivated his pursuit to further study urban planning. He is most interested in researching homelessness and housing security in the contexts of re-urbanization and gentrification. After graduating, Derek hopes to make an impact planning, policy-making, and community organizing for greater housing justice.