Jonah Edelman

Guest Blogger

Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children

Portland, Oregon

Jonah Edelman is co-founder and chief executive officer of Stand for Children.

Jonah’s personal stand for children began during college, when he taught a six-year-old bilingual child to read. He went on to found a mentorship program for middle school students and then served as an administrator of an enrichment program for children living in public housing.

Jonah was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from Yale University in 1992, and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he earned a master’s and doctorate of philosophy in politics. In 1996, Jonah organized Stand for Children’s historic founding rally in Washington, D.C., which was attended by more than 300,000 people.

Jonah lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Charese, and their twin sons, Elijah and Levi, who attend their neighborhood public school.

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

Here’s How Trump Could Deport Over 700,000 Students, Graduates and Even Teachers

A stroke of the pen at the White House could put more than 700,000 current students, recent graduates and even…

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Civil Rights Leaders Are Right: Annual Testing Protects Children at Risk

In a recent edition of Education Week, Marc Tucker, head of the National Center on Education and the Economy, argues that…

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