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Biography - Ede Fox, a born and bred New Yorker, has worked for the New York City Council since 2006, first as the Legislative and Budget Director for Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and currently as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams. In these capacities, Ede has helped negotiate sustainable development projects, bringing much needed jobs and affordable housing to local communities, and worked for legislation to protect tenants’ rights.
Ede has worked on numerous political and union campaigns, from helping health care workers get the contracts they deserved, to conducting grassroots organizing to elect progressive, community-minded candidates at all levels of government, from District Leader, to City Council, Congressional, Gubernatorial and Presidential races. She is an active board member of Brooklyn Community Board 8 and serves as the Chair of its Environmental/Sanitation Committee, in which capacity she has championed statewide issues like the anti-hydrofracking movement as well as local concerns including the responsible use of pesticides in public areas.
In 2010, Ede successfully ran for a County Committee seat with New Kings Democrats in order to bring politically minded, but not yet active neighbors into the political process. This past year, Ede co-founded Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform (PHDR), a new democratic club committed to fighting for transparency, accountability, and inclusionary democracy at the local level.
Ede received her Master's in Anthropology from UCLA and Advanced to Candidacy for her Doctorate before returning home to New York City. In addition to chairing the Environment/Sanitation Committee of Community Board 8, she is also a member of the Dean Street block association, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform, New Kings Democrats, Brooklyn Neighborhood Congress, and she is an organizer for Occupy Brooklyn.