Takes the stage and advances the ball.
The origins of Western theatre trace back to the city of Athens, when theatrical events were part of a broader culture of performance that incorporated the antics of politics and law. Keeping with the culture of ancient Greece, Derek Nofz pulls from his theatre performance days at Northern Michigan University to excel in the public policy arena of today.
Serving as Southwest Michigan First’s director of public policy, Derek calls upon his years of experience supporting State of Michigan legislators to build relationships with governmental officials, educate candidates on economic development best practices and develop a regional policy platform to promote growth in Southwest Michigan.
Southwest Michigan born and raised, Derek takes advantage of the great outdoors by enjoying activities such as competitive mountain biking, fishing, hunting and skiing with his family and friends. One of Derek’s favorite activities is to explore the state while camping with his wife, Shannon, and their two young girls.
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
– Dolly Parton