With extensive experience at global industry-leading organizations, Edward Wagner has developed an expertise in external relations with a focus on creating and implementing innovative fund development programs. In his previous position at the American Red Cross, Edward’s team of major gift officers supported regional, national and international disaster relief efforts through a variety of successful fundraising strategies. During times of disaster, he has served the Red Cross in the area of public affairs.
Edward is passionate about social justice, human rights and HIV/AIDS-related issues. He has served on the Board of Directors of Caracole, a nonprofit organization serving individuals living with HIV/AIDS in his hometown of Cincinnati, OH and as Chairman of the Equality Cincinnati PAC. Edward serves on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign and on the United Way of Metro Chicago’s United Pride Executive Committee.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Edward’s accomplishments include working with community partners to create a safer environment for students in the Cincinnati Public School system by implementing an enumerated anti-bullying policy. He also helped lead efforts that resulted in an LGBT liaison position in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Edward continues to strive to create a more equitable society and help those in need through his community involvement and work with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.