Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Ballmer Group, the Seattle-based organization created by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, to direct their philanthropic efforts.
Previously, he was founder and executive director of StriveTogether, a national movement of nearly 70 communities working to improve educational outcomes that brings together leaders in schools, higher education, business, industry, community organizations and government as well as parents and other stakeholders. Together, they are all committed to helping children succeed from cradle to career.
Jeff was founding executive director of StrivePartnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the flagship cradle-to-career partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky launched in 2006. The partnership has worked to help partners across sectors use data to align the time, talent and treasure of the community behind what works for children. The work became a model for the concept of “collective impact” nationally in 2010.
At KnowledgeWorks, Jeff also worked as the foundation officer, supporting the CEO on special projects and governance. Prior to that, he was the Peaceable Schools coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, the largest public secondary school in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped build partnerships between the school and the community to improve student outcomes.
Jeff has been named an Ashoka Fellow, an Annie E. Casey Family and Children Fellow, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur. He is the 2012 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award, given annually to an individual younger than 40 who has made significant contributions to improving outcomes in the social sector. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Kelly, and four kids (two sets of twins).