Thursday, October 26 - Wednesday, October 25
Q&A Discussion and Luncheon with Edith Bartley
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: School of Law, Room 14

This question-and-answer discussion luncheon is a followup discussion of Edith Bartley's presentation on Oct. 25 entitled A Conversation with Edith Bartley on Diplomacy and Justice: A Different View of Diplomacy and Being Your Own Advocate. Food is provided at this event, or you may bring your own.

About Edith Bartley

Edith L Bartley currently serves as a chief advocate for American diplomatic families and victims of state sponsored terrorism. She is the spokesperson for the American families of the 1998 American Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a partner with the Lafayette Consulting Group and has twenty years of extensive public policy and advocacy experience working for both the non-profit and private sectors. Her issue areas include education, affordable housing, STEM and foreign affairs. She served as an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for nearly a decade. Bartley worked as the vice president of government affairs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). As a member of TMCF’s executive leadership team, Edith led the Government Affairs division and secured valuable federal resources for HBCUs and students. Bartley left TMCF in early 2017 to focus full time on her advocacy for victims of international terrorism and to complete several projects connected to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya as the 20th Anniversary approaches. Bartley is currently writing a book related to her advocacy for diplomatic families and victims of state sponsored terrorism. Prior to TMCF, she worked as the director of government Affairs for UNCF, representing private HBCUs. She also worked as a member of the Government Affairs team for Thelen Reid and Priest law firm.

Bartley also worked in several Congressional offices as a speechwriter and legislative aide. On August 7, 1998, Al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Edith’s father, Julian Bartley, Sr. and brother, Julian Bartley, Jr. were killed in the terrorist attack. Since 1998, Bartley has continually worked as an advocate for victims of international terrorism raising the sensitivity to this issue in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. During the 114th Congress, Bartley successfully worked with a bi-partisan group of members, led by former Senator Barbara A. Mikulski(D-MD), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), to establish a benefits and compensation package for families of American Diplomats, CIA personnel and other Embassy personnel killed in terrorist attacks while working abroad. This was one of several legislative efforts she spearheaded for families of American diplomats killed in the line of duty by terrorism.

Bartley was honored by the American Foreign Service Association in recognition of her advocacy for diplomatic families. She has appeared on numerous national and international news networks including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, FOX, Al Jazeera, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bartley graduated from the University of Missouri, School of Law and attended Georgetown Law Center as a visiting student. She has a BA from Hampton University. She is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School-Executive Education Women and Power program. Edith is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the selection committee for the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship program. She is married to Stephen M. Rice.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto
Phone: 937-229-3968