Ronnie Edwards has served as a community activist in various capacities since the early 80s. He served as president of both the LeDroit Park Civic Association and the Northwest Boundary Civic Association. During the late 80s early 90s when drugs and crime were increasingly threatening neighborhoods across the City, he was instrumental in helping to organize "Orange Hat Patrols" forming the first patrol group on Shepherd Street in the Petworth neighborhood working with the police department to stand up and fight for safe, drug free neighborhoods. He was elected as the President of the citywide DC Federation of Civic Association, representing over 60 Civic Associations across the City, and during that time was instrumental in organizing and becoming elected as the President of the Metropolitan Council of Civic Presidents (organized Civic Associations throughout the Washington Metropolitan area – DC, Maryland and Virginia). In 2007 he was elected as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing ANC 5C11 (representing Park Place, Cloisters and Trinity Square in the Bookland neighborhood), and on January 18, 2011 was elected as Chairman of ANC 5C, representing 12 Single-Member Districts within Ward 5 (Bates, Bloomingdale, Brookland, Catholic University, Eckington, Edgewood, Hanover, and Truxton Circle). In 2012 following redistricting he was elected 5A05 Commissioner and was immediately elected as Chairman of ANC 5A (Brookland, Fort Totten, Lamond-Riggs, Michigan Park, North Michigan Park, Queens Chapel), and has remained Chairman since that time. On September 7, 2017 Commissioner Edwards was elected Vice Chairman of the DC Democratic Party.
Commissioner Edwards is a Vietnam Era Veteran, serving approximately eight (8) years in the US Army, including an assignment in the 8th Infantry Division, in Baumholder, Germany. He received formal training as a Legal Assistant at United States Military-7th Army Combined Armed Forces Training Center in Indianapolis, IN and worked as a Legal Clerk in the Staff Judge Advocates Office for a Special Court-Martial Jurisdiction Commander. He specializes in providing support for EEO and Affirmative Action Law receiving training with the National Association for Affirmative Action, and the National Career Development Institute. Commissioner Edwards also attended the University of Maryland.
In 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (the Department), and reappointed in 2014 by Mayor Muriel Bowser, current Mayor of Washington, DC, a position he has served in for the last 3 ½ years. He previously worked in the Department more than nine (9) years starting as an Investigator, Certification Specialist, Chief of Certification and Compliance, and two (2) temporary appointments as Interim-Director during the Mayoral transitions of the late Honorable Mayor’s Marion Barry and the Honorable Mayor Anthony Williams. The Department has a $21M Budget and is responsible for ensuring citywide compliance for approximately 88 government agencies with a total citywide budget of $15B.
Following separation from military service in 1979 he was immediately hired by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) as an Investigator for the Employment Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division investigating state and local governments for discrimination in the delivery of basis services. He has also served as Civil Rights Program Manager for three (3) of the largest economic development projects in the Washington Metropolitan Area over the last 30 years: Development and Expansion of the Washington National Airport, Design and Build of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge ($2.4B), and expansion of the District of Columbia’s Metrorail System to the Dulles International Airport ($2.6B). Throughout his career, he has been committed to fighting for neighborhoods and communities and ensuring that small, minority and women owned businesses receive their fair share of billions of federally mandated dollars in contracts and subcontracts. He has over 35 years of experience holding state and local governments, government agencies, contractors and developers accountable.
Commissioner Edwards lives in Washington DC where he currently serves as a six-term elected Commissioner, three (3) term Chairman, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5A along with his lovely wife, Virginia and two (2) of four (4) children.