Ed Meier is standing up for Texas families.

Ed Meier learned the value of public service at a very young age, when his parents, a surgeon and a nurse, moved the family from Dallas to Nigeria to serve as medical missionaries. Ed traveled back-and-forth for 12 years, watching his parents dedicate their lives to caring for those in need. That experience motivated Ed to devote his own life to serving others.

Ed currently leads an education non-profit organization called Big Thought, which works to close the opportunity gap for over 110,000 students in the Dallas area. Big Thought works with partners to provide high-quality learning opportunities that promote creativity and social and emotional learning to better prepare children for success in school, work, and life.

Previously, Ed served as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State and as Director of Policy Outreach for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. At the State Department, Ed was responsible for coordinating the military-to-civilian transition in Iraq—ensuring our diplomats and aid workers would be safe and secure after the withdrawal of U.S. troops. In this role, he traveled to Iraq on multiple official trips working closely with the U.S. military and the Iraqi government on transition planning and implementation.

Ed also helped develop policies to address some of the nation’s most pressing foreign policy challenges, including U.S.-Mexico security partnerships and the response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Ed was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in Dallas, where he advised businesses and community projects, including afterschool programs across the city. He started his career as an attorney in the Dallas office of Cozen O’Conner, an international law firm.

After getting his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at George Washington University and a master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, Ed earned his law degree from the University of Texas. It was during law school when Ed met his wife, Amy.

Ed and Amy have two children and live in the M Streets neighborhood of Dallas. They are active members of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, a progressive faith community that Ed was born into forty years ago. They love taking their children to Texas Rangers games, trying out local restaurants, playing at public parks, and hanging with Big Tex in the fall at the Texas State Fair.