Incoming Executive Director
Al Edwards is a dedicated professional and Memphis native, born in the heart of South Memphis in the public housing project Lemoyne Gardens. After retiring from the military with 25 years of honorable service, including combat, Al transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where he played pivotal roles at United Way of the Mid-South. There he served as a Manager, Director, and Interim VP of Resource Development, demonstrating his leadership and commitment to community service. Al has consistently demonstrated a commitment to empowering others and achieving mission-driven goals. His roots in Memphis drive his passion to serve the Memphis community and his military service has endeared Alpha Omega’s veterans to him.
Al's volunteer work as a former member of the Memphis Urban League Guild, the Shelby County Foster Care Review Board and as a current Memphis Shelby County School mentor underscores his passion for empowering individuals to achieve their potential. Holding a degree in Psychology with a minor in Nonprofit Management from the University of Memphis, Al reflects his commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of individuals and communities. A retired US Army First Sergeant, his background includes holding a Top Secret Security Clearance and being awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, underscoring his dedication to excellence and service. Al Edwards is a visionary leader who combines a wealth of experience with a passion for community empowerment. His track record of success in both the military and nonprofit sectors speaks to his ability to inspire change and make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
Under his guidance, Alpha Omega will continue its mission to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to our displaced and homeless veterans.