Edmund E Atkins '66

Edmund E Atkins

Class Year: 1966
Current City/State: Washington, District of Columbia
Major: Political Science
Email Address: edatkins@hotmail.com
Committee(s): Diversity and Inclusion

 Why I Wanted to Serve on the Alumni Council:

Attending Grinnell, a seminal experience, formed me as an adult more than I realized when I graduated. My Grinnell education helped me manage a varied work life ranging from an urban planner in California to serving as a diplomat in South America, Africa and Europe. I wish to give back to the college, not only financially, but also with my time and effort. I’m interested in alumni student connections as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. I enjoy mentoring students, especially those who are first generation.

A Quote I Like:

"You can learn something from everyone you meet"

―my Dad

A Little Bit About Me:

I retired from the State Department Senior Foreign Service in 2009. Since then, I’ve been active in my neighborhood in Washington DC. I serve on the board of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association where I spearheaded efforts to deal with planning and development issues affecting our neighborhood. I’ve been married to the former Vera Clayton for over 50 years. We have one son, and two active grandchildren. I enjoy sports, the theater, and the visual arts.

Other Alumni Involvement: Black Reunion Planning Committee, Reunion Class Committee; mentored student

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