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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Maryland's 4th

For those not exactly excited by the representation we've been getting from Al Wynn in Congress, he has a challenger: Donna Edwards.

from http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org/v2/events/20060803-Chile.html
Donna F. Edwards is the executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Arca Foundation, Ms. Edwards was the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which she co-founded and chaired. A longtime campaign reform advocate, Ms. Edwards also headed the Center for a New Democracy and was a lobbyist for the nonprofit Public Citizen organization. Ms. Edwards participates on numerous nonprofit boards, including the NNEDV, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause and the League of Conservation Voters.

As a grantmaker, Ms. Edwards is co-chair of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. For 10 years, Ms. Edwards served as trustee of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, from which she received her juris doctor degree. She completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Ms. Edwards began her career at the United Nations Development Program and was a systems engineer for Lockheed Corporation with NASA’s Space Shuttle program in the 1980’s. Ms. Edwards has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CNN Crossfire, McLaughlin One on One, NBC’s Today Show, and on numerous other local, national and international news and information programs. Ms. Edwards has authored articles on civic participation, violence against women, election law issues, and community and economic development. Ms. Edwards lives in Fort Washington, Maryland, with her seventeen-year-old son Jared.
Donna Edwards
Executive Director, Arca Foundation
Donna F. Edwards is the executive director of the Arca Foundation, which engages in grantmaking that empowers citizens to shape public policy in the pursuit of social equity and justice. Recent commitments include strengthening independent journalism and media policy, advocacy and support for workers and families affected by multiple corporate accounting scandals, death penalty education and moratoriums, and genuine campaign and election reform. Additionally, she serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Proteus Fund and Green Corps, and is a trustee of the Franklin Pierce Law Center. Previously, she was the executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.