Meet Edward

Experience and Results

Edward is a hard-working, experienced leader with a track record of getting things done. He has worked in the private sector, local and national non-profits, and in the public sector at the state and city level. 

  • Earned $6 million from federal, state, and private sources to implement projects to restore our forest, build trails, enhance our water supply, and create a Youth Nature Ambassadors program in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains
  • Brought in $35 million for projects to restore habitat, build parks, and enhance alternative transportation options to the LA River while working in city government
  • Is current President of the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Foundation. Helped to raise $100,000 for our parks, open spaces and youth programs in our first year
  • Serves on the Community Services Commission since 2017, chair from 2019 to 2020, helped to develop and implement the Monrovia Parks Master Plan
  • Is an entrepreneur that founded and ran a Main Street small business that revitalized the community and created rewarding jobs including for at-risk youth from Homeboy Industries
  • Led efforts to increase access to parks, build new parks and enhance tree canopy at executive city level
  • Managed the implementation of the first Southern California neighborhood scale green street retrofit to improve water supply, improve water quality and promote water conservation at the non-profit level
  • Promoted Sustainability in the building sector as a Board Member of the US Green Building Council LA Chapter and earned LEED AP certification

Biography

Edward is a dreamer, a planner and a doer who works on projects and programs that improve communities. He grew up in Monrovia and attended Monroe, Santa Fe and Monrovia High School. After some time away for college, graduate school and living in a few other parts of the Country and Los Angeles, he returned to Monrovia where his roots run deep. He is the fourth generation of his family to live in the city. He was shaped by the Monrovia community and he wants to work to ensure this community continues to care for the next generation of Monrovians.

Edward is the current President of the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Foundation.  He serves on the Monrovia Community Services Commission, Art-in-Public Places Committee, the Rio Hondo Watershed Area Steering Committee, and is a Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) leader. He is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and the Southern California Leadership Network Leadership LA Program. He holds a B.S. in Biology and minor in Public Policy from Hobart College and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara.  

When not working and volunteering he loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Rebecca, and dog, Finn, outdoors, especially in our Monrovia Parks.  He loves to hike, bike, play soccer, enjoy nature and spend time at home cooking and making ice cream.

My Values

Listening & Acting – I will listen to all voices in Monrovia and actively seek different perspectives to find solutions. I will act on those voices to ensure we make the right decisions that support a Monrovia solution to the problem.

Honesty & Integrity – I pledge to always be truthful, respectful and take actions with integrity. Monrovia deserves nothing less.  

Innovation & Integration – I will promote the things that are working well and bring effective new ideas and approaches to the complex problems the City faces. I created an innovative small business, worked in non-profits and currently work in city government. I’ve seen what ideas work well and what can be improved in government.

Fiscal Responsibility - I’ve raised millions of dollars for projects and programs to improve the Southern California community. I’ll make sure we balance our budget, use our tax dollars effectively and efficiently, and use my skills to bring federal and state funds to help the people of Monrovia.  

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  • Edward Belden
    published this page 2021-12-18 16:11:50 -0800