Eddie grew up in Alabama received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Auburn University. Growing up in Alabama and attending Auburn University provided him with an opportunity to recognize the lack of diversity within the conservation field. Being the lone African American male in his wildlife courses inspired him to pursue a career that would allow him to raise awareness around the importance of diversity issues while protecting wildlife. Eddie works for The Ocean Foundation as a Program Associate and manages their Fiscal Sponsorship Program, serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and contributes to their strategic development. Although his passion for protecting wildlife and diversifying the environmental sector is what led him to his current position; His affinity for Cheetah's encouraged him to take this career path at an early age. Eddie hopes to create a world where both nature and humans thrive, and as he continues this journey, he’s constantly rooting for this “Big Cat Underdog” which faces tremendous challenges.