Derrick Morgan was named executive vice president of The Heritage Foundation in February 2022. He oversees the policy and advocacy departments under the leadership of Heritage President Dr. Kevin Roberts.
At Heritage, Morgan’s main role is to align and equip the organization around priority issues including school choice, fair elections, protecting life, immigration security, confronting China, cutting spending, and fighting Big Tech, in furtherance of Heritage’s vision to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish. Having previously worked at The Heritage Foundation, with stints in the private sector and government, Morgan combines his broad policy expertise with his longstanding passion for renewing and strengthening civil society.
Previously, Morgan was senior vice president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trade association that is supportive of free enterprise and represents companies which produce more than 85 percent of refined products and petrochemicals made in America. In this role, he spearheaded the association’s national advocacy efforts, testified before Congress, and spoke and wrote widely about fuels and petrochemicals.
Morgan has held numerous roles in all three branches of government. He served four senators and one representative in roles from campaign aide to chief of staff. In addition, he served as assistant, special counsel, and staff secretary for Vice President Richard B. Cheney during the Bush Administration, where he traveled frequently with the Vice President as a member of his senior staff and was the final substantive stop for all papers, remarks, and statements to and from the Vice President. In his legal career, Morgan worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, clerked for Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the Northern District of Texas, and worked at the Department of Justice as a law student where he helped support President Bush’s judicial nominees.
Morgan previously worked at Heritage from 2010 to 2015, first as chief of staff to the organization’s founder and president, Ed Feulner and later as vice president of domestic policy. A longtime champion in the movement on key issues such as energy and immigration, he has become a trusted voice on radio and television news outlets including Fox News, CNN, and C-SPAN. His written commentary and quotes have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Real Clear Politics, USA Today, and many more.
Originally from Plano, Texas, Morgan received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he gave the honors commencement address as alumnus of the year. He holds a Juris Doctorate from The Georgetown University Law Center. Morgan and his wife have four sons and live outside the beltway in Virginia. In his free time, he is active in his church and coaches and cheers for his sons in basketball, hockey, wrestling, baseball, and the National History Bee.