Ed Meier learned the value of public service at a very young age, when his parents, a surgeon and a nurse, moved the family from Dallas to Nigeria to serve as medical missionaries. Ed traveled back-and-forth for 12 years, watching his parents dedicate their lives to caring for those in need. That experience motivated Ed to devote his own life to serving others.
Ed currently leads a non-profit organization called Big Thought, which works to close the educational opportunity gap in Dallas by providing high quality learning opportunities to children throughout the community. Big Thought has helped more than 140,000 kids in the Dallas area access in-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs, enriching their lives and giving them a better opportunity to succeed.
Previously, Ed served as the Director of Policy Outreach for Hillary Clinton and as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State. At the State Department, Ed was responsible for coordinating the military-to-civilian transition in Iraq—ensuring our diplomats and aid workers would be safe and secure after the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Ed also helped develop policies to address some of the nation’s most pressing foreign policy challenges, including reforming the Afghanistan police force, U.S.-Mexico security partnerships and the response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Ed was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in Dallas, where he advised businesses and community projects, including afterschool programs across the city. He started his career as an attorney in the Dallas office of Cozen O’Conner, an international law firm.
After getting his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at George Washington University and a master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, Ed earned his law degree from the University of Texas. It was during law school when Ed met his wife, Amy.
Ed and Amy have two children, Penelope and Nolan, and they are members of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, the church family that Ed was born into forty years ago. They love taking their children to Texas Rangers games, trying out local restaurants, playing at public parks, and hanging with Big Tex in the fall at the Texas State Fair.