Jamal Edwards (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
To find out more about the man behind the remarkable turnaround at Howard Brown, RedEye recently threw three questions Edwards' way.
What were your immediate goals after taking over?
My priority was getting the trust back of the stakeholders who had the most concern. So it started with the federal government and taking some pretty significant steps to show them that I was different, that I was trustworthy and that I was determined to do everything in my power to turn things around.
Was there ever any real fear that Howard Brown would permanently close?
Before I came, no. After I came, yes. ... In September or so when [the grant money] went out, we had no more funds to operate really anything. We were short. We had a little bit of money left in some of our other accounts, but we were short at least a half a million dollars to get through the rest of the year. And that's what precipitated the fundraising.
How long will you be with Howard Brown?
That has been heavy on my mind lately, mostly because this has been an exhausting experience beyond probably anybody's comprehension. I certainly want to see the institution put back firm and solid. … I do want to be here long enough to put it in a place where it can never be in harm's way again.
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