Over the past 30 years, Edward Church has had wide-ranging experience in government, nonprofits and private business. Ed has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship since 2007.


Ed was the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Berkeley. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and the Mentoring Center and the Workforce Collaborative, both in Oakland.


Ed was the founding Executive Director of the Berkeley Community Fund where he won an award from the San Francisco Business Times for innovation. For 20 years he also served part-time as a consultant and program executive for the Trio Foundation.


Ed directed the Livable Communities Initiative at the East Bay Community Foundation, a unique project that promoted smart growth and transit-oriented development. This led to his spending a sabbatical year as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley before coming to IEE.


From 1987-92, Ed was Program Director at Urban Strategies Council, an anti-poverty think-tank based in Oakland, California, where he pioneered in the use of geographic information systems and directed the building of the Thurgood Marshall Family Resource Center in West Oakland. Prior to being at Urban Strategies, he was the Founding Executive Director of Brighter Beginnings, a maternal and child health organization, going strong since 1984, for which he won recognition from the State of California, the County of Alameda and the City of Oakland.


Ed Church received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.