Area(s) of expertise: anti-poverty, community advocacy
Summary of expertise:
Expert in anti-poverty programs, community economic development, community advocacy and youth development (for low-income children). Served 2 terms as chairman of the Community Action Partnership, a national association of more than 1,000 community action agencies and he is past president of the Florida Association of Community Action. Edwards has served as executive director of the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency since 1993. The agency helps low-income families and individuals living in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties to become economically self-sufficient. NFCAA helped more than 38,000 individuals in 2011. Edwards is past co-chair of the Jacksonville Living Wage Coalition and past chair of the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville.
Blog/Web site: www.nfcaa.org
Certified Community Action Professional, Certified national Peer-to-Peer ROMA trainer
Prior media experience:
Florida Times-Union, South Florida Times, WJCT-89.9 FM "First Coast Connect"
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Masters in Public Administration
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