Biography

Edward Jensen headshotAn emerging leader in the unique world of nonprofit information technology, Edward Jensen recently joined the staff at Meda in Minneapolis. In his new role, he is helping to shepherd and guide the organization’s information technology endeavors as they help BIPOC entrepreneurs in Minnesota and beyond.

Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Mr. Jensen ran his own eponymous firm in Phoenix, Arizona, Edward Jensen urban productions, whose work helped individuals and organizations advance their causes through an emphasis on communication, technology, design, arts, and the urban form. Initiatives of the firm have included The Downtown Phoenix Podcast, a critically acclaimed program that created spacious conversation on issues important to urban civics, as well as other urban programs and central-city initiatives.

In 2019, Mr. Jensen delivered a new lecture, A Brief History of Midtown Phoenix, which focused on midtown Phoenix’s history from the prehistoric up until the present day, while also paying special attention to Phoenix’s post-World War II history and mid-20th Century development. As the world started to shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, A Brief History of Midtown Phoenix was redelivered online. In 2021, the project will continue as Midtown Memories, which will focus on brief stories and historical vignettes from Midtown’s most notable people.

Civic engagements and appointments have included serving as a Commissioner of the City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission, President of the Board of Directors of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, and on the steering committees for the Hance Park Conservancy and Downtown Voices Coalition. He is a 2011 alumnus of Arizona State University, having graduated with honors in Urban and Metropolitan Studies from the School of Public Affairs and a recipient of Outstanding Service and Outstanding Student Leader awards.

Mr. Jensen lives in downtown Minneapolis and he regularly updates his blog at edwardjensen.net.