Ed Priola is the son of a 27-year Air Force veteran and a Registered Nurse. From his parents, Ed learned early on that "democracy is worth fighting for," and that "taking care of others is the most fulfilling mission one can have."
After growing up on military bases across the nation and overseas, Ed began his career as a passionate grassroots activist by building state and national volunteer networks and public policy coalitions. With the same zeal, he served on numerous national, state and local political campaigns as a field organizer and advance representative, including the Reagan/Bush and Bush/Quayle presidential campaigns. All told, Ed has accumulated nearly two decades of political and advocacy experience.
Ed first moved to
In 2001, Ed jumped at an opportunity to advance the values of American democracy overseas. Although he volunteered for what was supposed to have been a 3-month training project in
While overseas, he took on a number of international assignments for organizations charged with implementing programs for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to serving as a senior consultant and project director in