Since 2007, Edith Pearson has been responsible for fundraising programs throughout the state of Florida to support UNCF-member colleges and universities. Her effort has successfully generated $18 million since the 2007 academic year. Edie supervises a staff of four and leadership volunteers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Sarasota, FL.
A fundraising professional since 1973 for nonprofit organizations, she served as executive director of the Commonwealth Institute South Florida and vice president for advancement and executive director of the Broward College Foundation.
She moved to South Florida from New York in 2002 where she was manager at the American Red Cross and managed local ARC/GNY Disaster Relief for 9/11.
In New York, she conducted capital campaigns for the Police Athletic League and the YMCA and established development programs for the United Nations International School, the Calhoun School, the Harlem School of the Arts and the Studio Museum. She started her career in the museum field: five years at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and two years at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Edie was honored as one of South Florida’s "25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women" by Success Magazine in January 2008. She is a University of Hawaii graduate. She serves on the board of The Elizabeth Faulk Foundation and is a member of Leadership Broward, Class XXI.
She is the proud mother of a son, Jesse Swinger.