Jonah Martin Edelman is the Associate Director of Stand for Children and the second of three sons of Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Edelman attended the D.C. public schools and the Sidwell Friends School before attending Yale University. He majored in History and African-American Studies, founded a mentorship program, and ran a pregnancy prevention bureau. Edelman was awarded the 1992 Alpheus Henry Snow prize for the senior judged to have contributed the most to the Yale community.
After graduation, Edelman helped found the Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) which matches local college and high school students with young public housing residents. He then went on to study at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, earning a Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in politics.
After completing his PhD this past December, Jonah Edelman began working on Stand For Children, a national day of commitment to children. His father, Peter Benjamin Edelman, is a former aide to Robert Kennedy, a former Georgetown University Law professor and present Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services.