Jonah Edelman
Co-founder and CEO


  • Public opinion and advocacy

Jonah Edelman is the co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children, an influential voice for students with affiliates in 11 states. Stand for Children’s 11 state affiliates have played active roles in the approval of more than 200 policies and investments that have affected the lives of millions of children. Edelman’s mother, Marian Wright Edelman, was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar and his father, Peter Edelman, was a close aide to Robert F. Kennedy. Jonah Edelman was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from Yale University in 1992, and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. In three years at Oxford, he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in politics.