OUR LEADERS

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Jonah Edelman
Co-Founder

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.

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Andrea Rice
Managing Director

Andrea Rice, an early Black Equity at Work team member, works directly with leading employers committed to Black equity and those interested in considering pursuing the certification. Before her work with MLT, Andrea founded, raised seed capital for, and ran her own successful tech company. Earlier in her career, she worked on Wall Street as an II-rated equity analyst covering the first wave of Internet unicorns—Amazon, eBay, Yahoo etc. Andrea is motivated by helping employers take a rigorous, results-oriented approach toward achieving Black equity internally and supporting Black equity in society. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys watching her kids play basketball and striving to relive her tennis glory days by competing in national and international tennis tournaments representing Team USA.

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Indy Adenaw
Managing Director

Indy Adenaw oversees the Black Equity at Work Certification. Indy joined MLT in March, 2021. Prior to MLT, Indy worked for Marriott International as a brand and transformation leader for 10 years. Indy feels blessed to work at MLT and help rally organizations around their first difficult step in an important journey. In his spare time, Indy indulges in watching sports of most types (especially soccer and F1) and exploring DC with his two daughters.