Derek Poppert is the Director of Latin America and World Reality Tours at Global Exchange. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe, spending time in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, and the majority of Western Europe. He found a particular love for the country and people of Brazil, and lived in Rio de Janeiro for a period of time during 2013.
Prior to joining Global Exchange, Derek played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariners minor league system. He walked away from his professional baseball career in order to travel and pursue a career in international affairs. Derek has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco with a double minor in Latin American Studies and Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
In the spring/summer of 2014, Derek spearheaded an effort to shine a spotlight on the social and economic issues related to the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil, writing a multi-part article series titled “Re-Think the World Cup” and beginning a petition to reform FIFA, the world governing body of international soccer. He was featured on sports journalist Dave Zirin’s nationally broadcast XM radio program, as well as participated in a sit-down TV interview with Dennis Trainor Jr.
Topics of work:
- Human rights/social justice
- Latin America
- International travel
- US foreign policy
- Why Peace Has Not Been Achieved Between Israelis and Palestinians [University of San Francisco]
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Derek, please email action [at] globalexchange.org with the subject line: SPEAKERS BUREAU: Derek Poppert