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Judy Edstrom '70 and Mary Leonard '70

Judith A. Edstrom ’70

Judith A. Edstrom is a powerful advocate for human and social development, having served in more than 30 countries in positions of leadership, advocacy and analysis for the World Bank, UNICEF and RTI International.

Edstrom served in a variety of roles with the World Bank from 1984-2004, including sector manager of the social development department, where she led a cross-Bank initiative to develop an analytical approach to human rights. As chief of mission in South Africa, she brought about what South African officials described as a "sea change" in that country's relationship with the Bank, resulting in the government's first request to borrow from the bank for human and social development grants.

Prior to her leadership for the World Bank, Edstrom served UNICEF from 1979-84 as regional adviser and chief of the Francophone Section in the agency's regional office in East Africa. From 2004-09 Edstrom was director of RTI International’s Local Governance Support Program in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Edstrom is now an independent consultant in social development and governance, including work for the Partnership for Transparency Fund in Washington, D.C.

Edstrom earned a B.A. degree in European politics and economics from DePauw in 1970, was valedictorian of her 1972 class at Columbia University's School of International Affairs and received a Master of International Affairs degree, and in 1999 completed Harvard University's World Bank Executive Development Program. Edstrom received an honorary degree from DePauw in 2005.

Mary Leonard ’70

Mary Leonard’s 30-year career as a Washington correspondent, editor and bureau chief spanned coverage of seven presidents and many national political campaigns, social issues, two Gulf wars and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Since 2004 Leonard has served as deputy managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She directs digital and social media in the newsroom and supervises; PG+, a premium sports website; and Pipeline, an award-winning website focused on the issue of natural-gas drilling in Pennsylvania. In addition, Leonard manages the Post-Gazette’s mobile platforms and multimedia department.

Leonard’s Washington career includes roles as a writer and editor for the National Observer newspaper, reporter and later bureau chief for the Detroit News, deputy bureau chief and news editor at New York Newsday, and deputy Washington bureau chief and senior correspondent at the Boston Globe. During her tenure at New York Newsday, her staff won the Pulitzer Prize, Gerald R. Ford Award, National Press Club Washington Correspondence Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award for national reporting.

Leonard is a member of the Washington Gridiron Club. She grew up in Chicago Heights, Ill., and received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in political science from DePauw in 1970. She earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1971.  Leonard earned DePauw University’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Media and induction into the Media Wall of Fame.