Michael D. Edwards

Michael Edwards
Adjunct Professor

Employer: National Education Association

Title: Senior Director

Twitter Handle: @ProfEdwards

Michael D. Edwards is Senior Director, Center for Governance, for the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest union and professional employee organization.  The NEA represents some than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with advanced degrees from the George Washington University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Mr. Edwards came to Washington, D.C. in May of 1969 as an assistant to U. S. Senator Charles E. Goodell of New York.  He subsequently served as executive assistant and chief of staff to three Members of the U. S. House of Representatives -- William F. Ryan of New York, Robert H. Steele of Connecticut, and Peter A. Peyser of New York.  He left Capitol Hill in 1977 to create the government relations division of the association representing the trustees of America's 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges.  He joined the NEA staff in 1982.  

During his tenure at NEA, he has held a wide variety of positions including serving as the Association's chief lobbyist, Director of Government Relations, Director of Governance and Policy, Director of Information Services, Director of School System Capacity Initiatives, Director of External Partnerships, and Director of Labor Outreach. He is also Adjunct Professor of Political Management at the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.  A member of the GSPM faculty since 1989, he teaches courses on Crisis Management in American Politics, Political Power & Practice, Issues Advocacy, and Lobbying and the Budget Process.


M.A., The George Washington University
M.I.P.P., The Johns Hopkins University

Classes Taught

Budget Politics
Crisis Management
Issues Management
Political Power and Practice