The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are pleased to welcome Scott Edmonds as our newest Associate Network Officer. In his new role, Edmonds will help manage existing Foundation relationships and identify new ones in specific parts of the South. Eventually he will administer a portfolio of grants.
Edmonds is no stranger to the work of the Foundation or to social and economic change strategies in the South; he comes to MRBF from MDC, Inc., a research, analysis and advisory organization and frequent partner of the Foundation based in Durham, North Carolina. As a program manager at MDC, Edmonds contributed content for publications (including MDC’s flagship State of the South), and conducted project design and management, community coaching, and policy and data analysis to address the systemic and structural forces that constrain upward economic mobility and perpetuate racial inequities. He also provided strategic consulting services for several philanthropic foundations as part of MDC's Passing Gear Philanthropy work.
“As a son of two Presbyterian pastors, and student of the American South, my career has focused on addressing deeply rooted historic and structural inequities with humility and perseverance,” Edmonds said. “I am inspired to join a team that supports resilient communities with a track record of tackling difficult challenges and defying outdated narratives of the region. I am humbled by the opportunity to join the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and I look forward to supporting the critical work of grantee partners.”
Edmonds holds a bachelor’s degree in political science (cum laude) from the University of Missouri and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his personal time, Edmonds enjoys cooking, international travel, live music, being outdoors and spending time with his wife and young son.