Ed co-directs the Joyce Foundation’s work to address long-term environmental challenges in the Great Lakes region. He manages the Foundation’s grants to advance climate solutions in the region, prioritizing policies that simultaneously drive reductions in carbon pollution and create other economic and social benefits. He is a leader among environmental and energy funders in Chicago and across the Midwest. Ed also is co-chair of the board of the Climate and Energy Funders Group, tying Joyce’s climate and clean energy work into national and international efforts.
Before joining Joyce, Ed directed the Legacy Fund, a start-up family foundation based in Chicago that supported work on energy policy in the Midwest and large-scale habitat conservation in North and Central America. Ed was the program director of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation from the time that organization began operations in 2001 through 2006. There, he oversaw the award of more than $110 million of grants for energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural areas conservation projects throughout Illinois. Previously, Ed worked for nine years in the Environment Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Ed has a master’s degree in agricultural and natural resource economics and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, both from Stanford University.