Marian Wright Edelman

Founder at Children's Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Founder at Children's Defense Fund

Biography

Marian Wright Edelman founded Children's Defense Fund, Inc. She is on the board of Robin Hood Foundation and Association To Benefit Children, Inc. and Director-Emeritus at Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Member-Advisory Board at Engaging Schools, Inc. and Director & President-Emerita Region at Children's Defense Fund, Inc. Ms. Edelman previously occupied the position of Chairman for Spelman College, Member of Yale University, Member of The Mississippi Bar Association and Director-Law & Education Center at Harvard University. She received an undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a graduate degree from Yale University.

Overview
Career Highlights

Children's Defense Fund

RelSci Relationships

3801

Number of Boards

9

Number of Awards

2

Relationships
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Representative at Office of the Representative from Florida's 27th District, Donna Shalala

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President at Robin Hood Foundation

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Senior Vice President, US Jobs & Economic Opportunity Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation

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Editor-in-Chief at Oxford African American Studies Center

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President at Harlem Children's Zone, Inc.

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President at Spelman College

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Member, Board of Directors at Children's Defense Fund

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Former Senator from New York

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President Emeritus at Urban Institute

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Former Associate at Windward Investment Management

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Chief Executive Officer at Stand for Children, Inc.

Stand for Children is an American education advocacy group. Founded in 1996 following a Children's Defense Fund rally, the non-profit advocates for changes in public education. Stand for Children's mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education.

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Senior Program Officer, Empowering Effective Teachers Team at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. The approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

Education
Graduate
Class of 1960

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

Graduate Degree

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

Memberships
Member
Current

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Member
Current

The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of "promoting useful knowledge." In the 21st century the Society sustains this mission with various programs described further within.

Member
Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad

Career History
Founder
1973 - Current

The Children's Defense Fund, Inc. provides policies and programs that supports children out of poverty, abuse and neglect. The firm also provides health care, education, moral and spiritual foundation for them. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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2012

Association To Benefit Children, Inc. provides programs to help disadvantaged children and their families. The firm offers early childhood education, youth, mental, health and supportive housing programs. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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2011

Association To Benefit Children, Inc. provides programs to help disadvantaged children and their families. The firm offers early childhood education, youth, mental, health and supportive housing programs. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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2010

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Political Donations
$300
2012

Representative from Nevada's 4th Congressional District

$250
2010

Senator at Office of the Senator from California, Kamala Harris

$250
2004

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Awards & Honors
2013
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
2012
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
Events
Speaker
Aspen, CO, United States
2009 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, continues to broaden its reach and engage with more people than ever before on ideas that matter. A major focus throughout the Festival, which opens today, is increasing live and on-demand video opportunities for online viewers around the world.

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