WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has announced the selection of Lorraine Edmo as Tribal Deputy Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. As Deputy Director, Edmo will guide the overall development and management of the tribal grant program as well as provide expert advice and guidance on grants administration, oversee policy and program development, supervise a staff of program specialists dedicated to tribal issues, and direct technical assistance and training initiatives to target the issue of violence against Native women.
Edmo has directed several national organizations that advocate for tribal and national education issues. These include the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), and the federally chartered National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education. Edmo has also served on advisory boards for the Committee for Education Funding as well as the AIGC and the NIEA. She currently serves as an advisory board member for the Washington Internship for Native Students program.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Edmo worked with the U.S. Department of the Interior as the Executive Director for the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education, created to raise private support for schools that are a part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs school system. She has also contributed to research and policy issues as a specialist with the Office of Indian Education (OIE) at the U.S. Department of Education.
As Tribal Deputy Director, Edmo will assist in the efforts to explore different innovations regarding violence against Native women and share knowledge that can be replicated nationwide. The position of Tribal Deputy Director is statutorily required and created under Title IX of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005.