Jonah Edelman is the chief executive officer of Stand for Children. Edelman co-founded the nonprofit group after helping to organize Stand for Children Day, a 1996 rally in Washington, D.C., that was attended by 300,000 people and that sought to raise awareness about children education, healthcare, and poverty issues. Although the rally raised public awareness of problems in the educational system, Jonah Edelman helped to initiate the nonprofit to support further reform efforts. Stand for Children is currently in eleven states and works on the statewide and local level to achieve its mission that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education.
Jonah Edelman grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of civil rights leaders Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman. He attended Yale University, earning a bachelor of arts in history with a concentration in African American studies in 1992, and subsequently attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He completed his studies at Oxford in 1995 with a master of philosophy as well as a doctor of philosophy.