Edward M. Jones is the director of programs at ABFE. Prior to joining ABFE, he was the director of conference programming at the Council on Foundations located in Arlington, Virginia and had been with the Council since 2001. Prior to the Council, Edward worked for Micros Systems, as an operations manager, and at Amtrak, as manager, manpower utilization. Edward volunteers or supports several organizations through time, talent, and treasure. He was recently added to the 2013 Who's Who in Black Washington, DC 3rd edition. Edward is a founding member of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle comprised of individuals, local businesses and organizations that are dedicated to addressing the societal ills facing the African American community in the DC region. He also serves on the board of Black Philanthropic Alliance and the HIV/AIDS organization, Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc. Additionally, he is on the editorial board for Community Health Links, (Medstar) and is an active member/volunteer of Zion Church in Landover, Maryland. Edward was recently appointed to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Serve DC commission. Born in Los Angeles, Edward is a graduate of the University of Akron (OH). He especially enjoys connecting people.