Ebony Edwards

2024Missouri, US


Dr. Ebony Edwards is CEO (Chief Economy Officer) of NeighborBuilt, the economy creation platform she and her husband Daniel founded to help cities transform distressed census tracts into high-performing relevant economies. The pair also own the nation’s only Black-owned lumberyard, Eastside Lumber, the key to economy creation. They are currently piloting the platform in the historically-Black South Vine District in Kansas City, MO, planning $2B in economic impact over the course of a generation.

Prior to founding NeighborBuilt, Ebony spent 10 years conducting research and evaluating large-scale, publicly funded, and small, community-based programs and policies in multiple sectors that impact children and families in under-resourced neighborhoods. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.