J. L. Edwards career in the retirement and employee benefits field spans over 30 years. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Edwards started her career at New York Life Insurance Company where she worked in the human resources and payroll departments. It was here where she focused on employee benefits administration. Ms. Edwards has worked with companies such as Discovery Communications, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Council on Education. She has an extensive background in employee benefits design, pricing, marketing and communications. During her tenure with the American Council on Education as project manager, she successfully transitioned a nonprofit voluntary employee benefits trust (VEBA) into a for profit captive insurance company, Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, domiciled in the District of Columbia. Ms. Edwards earned her Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation from George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Policy and holds both the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt designations. In addition, Ms. Edwards received multiple Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) Excellence in Government Finance Award for her efforts in leading systems conversions.
Ms. Edwards is currently a program manager with the District of Columbia Government where she provides guidance on issues relating to defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.