Edgar currently serves as CHIRLA’s Associate Director of Programs and Services. Previously he served as the Chief Strategy Officer to the Office of the President (Mónica García) at the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District where he was responsible for policy, priority projects, and community engagement advising. Before that, Edgar was a Senior Policy Strategist with Reinvent Communications pushing state global warming reform efforts and rolling out the “My Brother’s Keeper-Whole Village Initiative” for Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson. Edgar also worked as the Policy Director for Californians for Justice where he partnered with state organizations like CTA, Ed-Trust West, and the ACLU to make state LCFF regulations more inclusive of parents and students.
Edgar also spent 5 years at Community Coalition in his native South Los Angeles as a Lead Organizer working on education, youth-development, child-welfare, civic engagement, public safety, and urban planning campaigns.
In 2017 Edgar took a leave of absence from LAUSD and successfully ran the re-election campaign for Mónica García for School Board. Edgar is known for his involvement in reforming corruption in the City of Cudahy by leading electoral campaigns beginning in 2013. In 2009, Edgar also ran the successful campaign for now termed out South Whittier School Board Member Jorge Hernandez.
Edgar also spent three years working as producer/host on Power 106’s, “Knowledge is Power” radio show where he played a key role in promoting spaces for dialogue on community issues throughout L.A./Orange Counties aiding now Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (then executive host and producer).
Edgar has worked with various groups such as UCLA’s Academic Advancement Project and the Community Programs Office, Community Build Inc., and UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program to promote access to higher education for students in the inner-city.
Edgar holds a B.A. from UCLA and has an MBA with a focus in Non-Profit Executive Management.