Edwin organizes around criminal justice reform issues in Ohio’s Miami Valley region. Raised in San Diego, he has made Dayton his home since 1998. He lives by the following words: “There is an effective ‘just’ way to meet the requirements of justice and the needs of the real people in our neighborhoods – we just have to work for it. Everyone deserves to own their dignity. Everyone deserves ownership in decisions that shape their lives.”
Currently, Edwin is involved in contesting the building of a new jail for Montgomery County, Ohio, developing a Pre-Arrest Diversion Model (juvenile oriented) for the county, and growing an organizing vehicle – BFO – focused on the inclusion of formerly incarcerated people.
Edwin started organizing in 2016 focusing on faith communities. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State University, and currently serves on the boards of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio and Leaders for Equality & Action in Dayton (LEAD). Edwin also runs marathons, and lives in a home filled with the mischievous pitter-patter of his dog – Jasper.