Gary Edson is a White House veteran, non-profit executive, and business entrepreneur.
In government, Edson served as Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy National Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush. He established the ground-breaking Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty; co-led the launch of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation to combat a single disease; coordinated the crack down on terrorist finance after 9/11; oversaw the response to financial crises in Latin America and elsewhere; and launched initiatives on global peacekeeping, nuclear nonproliferation, and human trafficking.
Edson was the president’s chief negotiator for summits of G7/8, Latin American, EU, and Asia-Pacific leaders. He also served as deputy to Special Presidential Envoy and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, in successfully forging an unprecedented international agreement to forgive Iraq’s $120B debt. Baker has called Edson “indispensable,” and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has praised him as “one of the best ‘policy engineers’ I have ever known.”
Earlier in his government career, Edson served as General Counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative, and as Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.
In the non-profit sector, Edson served most recently as Acting CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (now the Partnership to End AIDS and Cervical Cancer), overseeing the development of an innovative strategy to combat cervical cancer in Africa. He previously served as President of Conservation International, and was CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, launched by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Bush to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Edson’s business experience has focused on private equity. He is an affiliate partner of Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a New York-based private equity firm that partners with family-owned and entrepreneur-led businesses to build long-term value.
Earlier in his career, he was President of ECG, Inc., a closely-held investment firm; Vice President of Equity Group Investments; and Chairman of PAR Systems, Inc., a provider of intelligent robotic systems. He also was Managing Director of Baker & McKenzie Policy & Compliance Consulting, and a Managing Director of what is now the Albright Stonebridge Group.
Edson earned a B.A. with distinction and honors in anthropology from Stanford University, and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago. He was a Henry Luce Scholar, working for The Japan Times in Tokyo.