Jonah Edelman is one of the nation’s leading advocates for public education and racial equity. He co-founded, in 1996, and serves as the CEO of Stand for Children, a national education advocacy organization. Following the murder of George Floyd, in June 2020, Jonah approached MLT Founder & CEO, John Rice, his lifelong friend, about creating a LEED-type certification program to encourage and support private employers to pursue and achieve Black equity to help address the United States’ stark and persistent white-Black wealth and opportunity gaps. John enthusiastically agreed and enlisted MLT alum and BCG Managing Director Justin Dean, MLT Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Donahue, and Andrea Rice. Together, with tremendous contributions from a BCG team, and valuable input from dozens of pilot employers, they developed the first-of-its-kind MLT Back Equity at Work Certification Program, which launched in October 2020. Jonah is the proud son of Civil Rights Movement leader and Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and twin sons.