"My mom always said that the best thing you can give your children is wings, because you won't always be there to bring food back to the nest. At the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, we're continuing my mom's work – to try to give more children the wings they need and deserve."
Cate Edwards is the daughter of Elizabeth and John Edwards and proudly and passionately serves as the President of the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she attended Broughton High School. In high school, Cate could often be found across the street from Broughton at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (the "WELL"), a computer and educational facility set up by the Edwards family in memory of Cate's brother, Wade. The WELL was open to all students to provide a productive after-school environment where students could access computers and get any extra help they needed. Throughout high school, Cate tutored mathematics at the WELL and provided any other help needed by students.
Cate attended Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Politics and a certificate in Political Economy. Cate spent her summers in Washington, DC, working for The Advisory Board Company, The Council on Foreign Relations and her father's first campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. Upon graduation, Cate travelled to colleges and universities throughout the country in support of the Kerry-Edwards Presidential ticket, speaking to students about their concerns. After the 2004 election, Cate joined the board of Generation Engage, a youth voter and political engagement initiative. Cate worked at Vanity Fair magazine from 2004-2006, and helped to author and edit the New York Times Bestseller, Home, with her dad, John Edwards.
In 2009, Cate graduated from Harvard Law School. While in school, Cate was a student-attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student-run organization that provided free legal services and zealous representation to low-income individuals and families throughout Greater Boston. Cate also served as Executive Policy Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the national law journal of the American Constitution Society, as well as Treasurer of the HLS Democrats. After law school, Cate spent a year clerking for The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Cate went on to work at Sanford Wittels & Heisler, a small civil rights firm in Washington, DC, primarily representing women who suffered discrimination in the workplace. She left the firm in May 2011 to work full time on the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation. Cate also currently serves on the board of the Wade Edwards Foundation.