Thurgood Marshall College Fund Strengthens Its Advocacy Role for Public Higher Education With New Executive

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Washington, DC (July 8, 2013) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), an organization that assists nearly 300,000 public Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students with access to higher education, job opportunities, and leadership development, has hired Edith Lynn Bartley, JD as its Vice President of Government Relations, announced TMCF President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

In this role, Bartley will oversee and lead TMCFs public policy and government affairs initiatives aimed at raising overall awareness of the organization’s federal agenda; and, public policy efforts to government and higher education communities that are relevant to TMCFs vision and mission.

“Edith is the perfect choice to help lead our government relations work here at TMCF,” said Taylor. “Her expertise and advocacy work in public policy and education will be a huge asset in increasing our outreach to influence higher education decisions on issues like the current Parent Plus Loan crisis and other college student assistance programs in danger of congressional bullying.”

Bartley comes to TMCF from the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) where she served as the director of government affairs for almost six years – leading and managing UNCF’s government affairs and higher education federal policy work. She has over fifteen years of public policy and advocacy work experience working for both nonprofit and private sectors on a variety of issues including education, affordable housing, international terrorism, and foreign affairs.

Bartley has worked in five congressional offices and served as a congressional speechwriter and legislative aide. After her stint on Capitol Hill, she attended law school at the University of Missouri and as a visiting student at Georgetown Law Center, graduating in 2001. An HBCU alumnus, she received her BA from Hampton University.

“Edith is an outstanding leader and a constant contributor to building relationships on the Hill,” said Jim Clifton, CEO of GALLUP and Chairman of the TMCF Board of Directors. “We expect her leadership in this new role to strategically impact our overall government relations and advocacy work and we look forward to her continued impact on higher education policies.”

Bartley also worked as a member of the government affairs team of Thelen Reid & Priest law firm in Washington, D.C. Since 1998, she has served as an advocate for victims of international terrorism, raising the sensitivity to this issue in both chambers of the U.S. Congress as a result of the death of her father and brother in the August 7, 1998, al-Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Bartley has appeared on national and international news networks; is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and, a contributing writer to the Augustus Hawkins Foundation publication.

“I look forward to advancing TMCF’s mission and work on behalf of the nation’s public HBCUs,” said Bartley. ‘TMCF’s work is vital to our nation’s ability to be globally competitive and their presence in Washington and all facets of government as a voice for public higher education and policy is essential.”

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit www.ThurgoodMarshallCollegeFund.org.