Edward joined the Open Doors Academy as its Chief Advancement Officer in October 2016. He is a native of the West Park neighborhood on Cleveland’s West Side, but currently lives in the Edgewater & Ohio City neighborhoods.
Edward is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and Xavier University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, & the Public, an honors program focused on democracy and democratic institutions across the world. He also minored in Latin American Studies, History, and Political Science. While at Xavier, Edward led Alternative Spring Break Service trips to Baltimore and Nashville. He also spent one semester living, volunteering, and studying in Managua, Nicaragua, through one of Xavier’s Academic Service Learning programs. Ed was nominated to join the inaugural chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Xavier University, and the Spanish Department honored him with their annual Award for Excellence in a foreign language.
After graduation, Edward was one of 24 Ohio students selected to join the 2008 class of the Ohio General Assembly’s Legislative Service Commission Fellowship Program at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. He was assigned to work for the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus, where he served in the offices of State Senators Dale Miller (currently a Cuyahoga County Councilman) and Tom Sawyer (former Congressman from Akron). He then joined the office of the Senate’s Assistant Minority Leader, Shirley Smith (currently serving as a member of the Ohio Parole Board), as her Legislative Aide. He served in this role for six years and worked on legislation related to expanding opportunities for minority and disadvantaged businesses, reforming Ohio’s sentencing and expungement laws, clarifying Ohio’s sex offender registration laws, and expanding health insurance options for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations.
While working in the Ohio General Assembly, Edward also earned a Masters in City & Regional Planning from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. His studies focused on community development, political processes, and the articulations and limitations of municipal home rule.
Edward moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2013, where he contracted with renewable energy companies to help them better understand the state-level political dynamics.
In 2014, he (finally!) moved back to Cleveland. He worked on local political campaigns before joining Open Doors Academy as its first Executive Assistant to the CEO. He then was hired to serve the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) as its Northeast Hub Director, where he was charged with advocating on issues of behavioral health, supporting county levy campaigns to provide funding for local ADAMHS Boards, and recruiting new members into the organization. During his time at the MHAC, Ed recruited over 16 new members, successfully advocated for the restoration of $6.7 million in funding for Cuyahoga County’s mental health and addiction services, and participated in the volunteer leadership team for Cuyahoga County’s 2016 Health & Human Services Levy Campaign.
Now, Edward couldn’t be more thrilled to be back at Open Doors Academy.
In his free time, Edward enjoys bicycle rides throughout Northeast Ohio; he has been captain and teammate for his recreational bocce and Stonewall Kickball leagues; and he loves to take advantage of cultural gems like the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Edward believes that Dolly Parton is an American treasure.