A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in finance, Ed Landreth ’03 began his career as an analyst with J.P. Morgan on Wall Street in 2007. While in New York, Ed sought to better understand and connect with the diverse population of the city. He did so starting in 2009 through his involvement with the New York Cares volunteer organization where he spent most weekends. Within two years, he took on a leadership role and expanded the organization’s literacy program to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn. This commitment to volunteering and improving lives inspired a career change. In January 2013, Ed left Wall Street to work with a nonprofit organization in South America for several months before enrolling that fall at Johns Hopkins University for a Master of Arts in International Development.
As a Project Manager at Chemonics International in Washington, D.C. since 2015, Ed manages projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in West Africa and Haiti that are aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening communities. His work has steered activities toward peace and reconciliation in the Ivory Coast after years of unrest, trained and educated small farmers in Nigeria to increase crop yields, and improved reading levels of elementary students in the Democratic Republic of Congo by redesigning textbooks and teaching guides.
In addition to his international work, Ed remains active in his local community. His current volunteer efforts in Washington, D.C. focus on providing enhanced opportunities for individuals at the lowest income level because he says that this is the greatest need in his community and where he feels that he can make significant impact. Ed works at Jubilee Jobs, one of the longest-serving nonprofit workforce development providers in the greater Washington region. Here, he assists community members as they write resumes, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. Ed’s professional and philanthropic work exemplifies his service to humanity.
Ed comes from a legacy of Falcons: His parents, William A. Landreth ’67 and Gail Widmer Landreth ’69 opened FWCD in 1963 as students; also graduates are his older siblings, Anjie Landreth Butler ’94 and W.A. Landreth, III ’01; and his brother-in-law, William Butler ’96. His niece and nephew, Ward Butler ’24 and Adelaide Butler ’26, are current Middle School students.
An FWCD Original, Ed attests that his 13 years at FWCD instilled in him the passion to work globally. Ed notes that geography, history and language classes at FWCD, combined with the eighth-grade trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico, were key inspirations to his global perspective and service to others. “To say that it was a formative experience or an essential part of my upbringing is an understatement,” Ed said. “FWCD is part of my identity.”