Congratulations, Jeff Edmondson.
On Wednesday, Edmondson, Managing Director of the Strive Network, entered some rare air when the Washington-based non-pro fit leadership network, Independent Sector, announced Edmondson as the third-ever recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award.
This is a very big deal.
The American Express NGen Leadership Award recognizes one accomplished nonprofit leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society’s critical needs.
For the past 18 months or so, since the launch of Strive Network, Edmondson has been running all over North America meeting with leaders from education, business, non-profit, civic, and other areas seeking who want to see student achievement improve. The goal was to build a national network of cradle-to-career communities, and today more than 150 communities across the country are considering taking on this challenging work.
Edmondson has been serving in the trenches for more than 15 years, including a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer and supervisor in Gabon, Central Africa, as a Peaceable Schools Coordinator at the largest public secondary school in Washington D.C., Woodrow Wilson High, and in various leadership roles at KnowledgeWorks.