Meredith Edwards graduated Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology and worked as an expeditor at Harvard Community Health Plan for two years before joining the Navy. The Navy put that history degree to good use by assigning her to the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. where she developed her research, writing and editing skills. Taking a no cost transfer to the Seattle area, the Navy stationed her at Submarine Base Bangor where she started the Family Services Center and then served as Port Services and Harbor Operations Officer. As a Lieutenant, Meredith chose to stay in the Northwest and left active duty for the Naval Reserve. She retired from the Naval Reserve in 2007 at the rank of Captain. Meredith has spent the past 25+ years working in the Pacific Northwest as a government contractor in a variety of roles. Each of her jobs included contributing to preparing proposal submittals and cost estimates for government and commercial projects. Not only has she honed her research and writing skills, she has acquired intimate knowledge of government contract administration requirements and has negotiated many government task orders. Meredith has worked closely with many of the Tribes in Washington, Alaska and Oregon over the last 10 years providing guidance and training in government contracting and contract administration. Meredith joined Freedom Heroes USA to serve as its Grant Writer. She now also delivers services as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Freedom Heroes USA Healing Sanctuary.