Edina Brown is a leader and advocate for positive change, with a passion to help women and marginalized communities thrive. In 2017, she won a campaign for elected office by a large margin within a very politically partisan town, showing that all politics are local and change starts wherever you are. In the wake of the riots and social unrest in 2020, Edina founded the Old Bridge Coalition for Equality to create more understanding around culture, race, and religion. S


She also serves as co-chair of the Middlesex Black & Jewish Coalition, where she leads and develops programs and events to support Black and Jewish communities in New Jersey. She also reviews and supports legislation and social betterment initiatives, while creating and maintaining partnerships with elected officials and community leaders to advocate for policies that will improve the quality of life for people of all backgrounds. For over 15 years she has been committing her time and resources to engaging communities and advocating for effective mental health policies and programs for adults and children through NAMI New Jersey; increasing access to resources that will improve the lives of foster children through CASA of Middlesex, and mentoring youth to gain entrepreneurial skills and opportunities through Jobs for America's Graduates, and other people-first organizations.


In 2016 she wrote Make Humanity Great Again and self-released it in 2017, as a guide to building more equitable and effective systems in government, law, and local communities. To deepen the impact of her work, she writes op-eds to create awareness around important issues, and mentors women who are running for office or considering it.

  • What is your favorite quote? "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" - Jimi Hendrix
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Yes. Rebuilding my self-esteem and my personal mission after dealing with a tense political environment during the social justice protests of May 2020.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love to sing, dance, write, bake, and take road trips. But not always in that exact order.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Coach Stormy Wellington. I find her candidness and her truthfulness to be refreshing. I am inspired by how she's become who she is now, despite her lack of education and her tough background.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I like to infuse light-heartedness and humor into most of my talks. I cover some deep but insightful topics and share personal stories that are made more relatable and palatable with the addi