Ralph Edwards,1969 graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in Sociology; 1975 graduate of the University of Texas at Houston with a Masters of Public Health concentrating in Community Health Education; 1992 Certificate in Africentric Counseling from University of New York, Stonybrook; 1997 graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Administration concentrating in Healthcare Policy. Among his many professional accomplishments which include multiple papers, presentations and community organizing, Ralph is a former Board President and a member of the non-profit organization TASH, an international leader in disability advocacy that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. In Boston, Ralph also served as Director in the Office of Citizen Leadership at the Massachusetts Department for Developmental Services, where he worked from 1998 to 2016; Prior to DDS, from 1987 to 1998, he was the Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; in addition to a Regional Manager in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Previously a board member for the Roxbury Multicultural Independent Living Center in Boston, Ralph now resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he is a Founding Board member of Swampscott Unites, Respects, and Embraces (SURE) Diversity and has been involved with a variety of local public policy initiatives. During his time in New Orleans, Ralph was part of the 1968 African American Congress of Tulane, and he was a lead author on the organization’s request letter to the university.