Edali Pollard

Executive Assistant

Edali’s work spans three decades in social justice, equity, and sustainability. She joins Partners post-retirement to continue being of service. Her passion: pivot declining city centers to grow the local economy from within. She is an economic gardener!

Edali’s work in economic gardening has brought about reinvestment in urban city centers. She believes local business creation brings social equity by creating education centers of excellence, employment growth, and vibrant local business corridors.

Her last port of call was Los Angeles, solving critical social equity challenges in urban economic development. Before that, Edali worked in a range of fields and locations. Edali’s expertise in strategic growth was on display as she led social enterprise initiatives for the Entrepreneurship Center, Chicago Urban League. In addition, she was an aid to candidate Dorothy Brown as she campaigned for the mayorship of Chicago.

Edali’s other experience includes providing strategic management for Knockout Holdings’ infrastructure development team, serving as a founding board member for the EmpowHer Institute, acting as project lead for Fluor Daniel Corporation’s facility/asset management proof-of-concept team, leading executive coaching/mentoring initiatives for Heidrick & Struggles, facilitating professional development and researching grants for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, publishing research with the Centers for Disease Control, and working as part of a launch team for a commercial radio station in post-apartheid South Africa (social enterprise under President Mandela).

Edali has an M.A. in urban sustainability with a focus on impact strategy; an executive MBA, including post-graduate certifications in business regeneration and project management; and a B.A. in social enterprise.

Edali enjoys kite flying, dancing, thrifting, walking, gems shows, world music, reading, long drives with no destination in mind to discover the unknown.

“In Africa, there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others.”  — Nelson Mandela