Derek Green

City Councilmember

Philadelphia, PA

In 2015, Councilman Derek S. Green, Esquire won the Democratic primary for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia by receiving the highest number of votes cast in the election, and, later that year, he was elected as a member of the City Council of Philadelphia. In 2019, he won the Democratic primary for his re-election. As a member of City Council, Councilman Green chairs the Committee on Disabilities and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committees on Aging and Law and Government. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, Board Director for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Board Director for the Democratic Municipal Officials, Regional Director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and 2nd Vice President for the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

Before his election, Councilman Green was the Special Counsel to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. He also served as counsel to the Philadelphia Gas Commission Chair and the Committees on Finance and Public Health and Human Services. Prior to joining the Councilwoman’s office, Councilman Green served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Housing and Community Development Division of the Corporate Group of the City’s Law Department.  

Additionally, Councilman Green’s legal experience includes positions as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware (Securities and Criminal Divisions). Councilman Green is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. Before becoming an attorney, Councilman Green was a consumer and small business lender for Meridian Bank. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law. 

Councilman Green and his wife, Sheila, co-founded the first Autism Support Class at Houston Elementary School to help other Autistic children like their son.  To aid other families affected by Autism, they are a top regional fundraiser for Autism Speaks. 

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared


Philadelphia has the unfortunate distinction as the nation's largest poorest city, with a poverty rate of more than 26 percent. More than 84% of businesses in Philadelphia have fewer than 20 employees. Changing that narrative begins with growing our neighborhood businesses and commercial corridors by ensuring they have access to capital, as well as providing them with the means to be competitive in acquiring City contracts. What this says to a local entrepreneur or business owner is, "We, as a city entity, value you and want to help you and your communities thrive."


A simpler, faster procurement process is key to expanding and diversifying our economic landscape. Under legislation that I introduced earlier this year and passed with the support of my Council colleagues, a ballot question will be put to voters in the November election to increase thresholds for formal bids and Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) from the Office of Procurement from $34,000 to $75,000 for all business and up to $100,000 for local businesses. This change would expand access to more small businesses – especially for minority- and woman-owned establishments – and incentivize diversity and competition.