Meet Derek Neilson, Coffee Cup Collectives newest member and Chief Operating Officer. As COO Derek does a little bit of everything, but ultimately, he looks for ways to grow and strengthen CCC by defining and refining the way the company works. He says, "It’s great
because I get to interact with our subscribers as well as our cafe and corporate partners. Plus, much of my day is spent drinking or talking about coffee."
Derek spent most of the last two decades at McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting company. He started in the mailroom and worked his way through several roles before finding his bliss in food & agriculture research. Some years later, he helped to co-found McKinsey’s agribusiness practice as basically the “nerd-in-residence.” That’s where he learned of the importance of sustainability, not just agricultural and environmental, but economic and social as well. He has also worked in a private dining club, a pizza shop and at the pool in his hometown, though he thinks people are most surprised by the fact that he worked as an office coordinator for Seton Hall’s priest community, as the only way he is similar to a priest is that he's a dude that tends to wear a lot of black.
Initially, Derek decided to join CCC as an advisor about a year ago after a discussion with our CEO Alison. He said, "I was inspired by her vision of a less wasteful society and her