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2005 Distinguished Alumni - Edith Corbin

2005 Distinguished Alumni - Edith Corbin

Class of 1979

Edith “Edie” Corbin utilizes her more than 20 years of experience in the public-private sectors to help build community-based coalitions to provide programs that will empower women, people of color and the under-served to achieve their full potential.

Ms. Corbin serves as the director of education and health for the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.  Previously, she was the associate executive director of operations for the YWCA of New Castle County, Delaware, providing leadership to the operation divisions of human resources, risk management, plant operations and technology.

An active member of the Second Baptist Church of Pedricktown, she helped establish the church’s Calvary Community Development Corp. under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Edward W. Dorn.   She served as Calvary’s initial executive director and presently serves as board vice president.

In 2003, Ms. Corbin was elected as the fifth president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Delaware Chapter, an advocacy group for women of color.  Under her leadership, the NCBW-Delaware membership base has nearly doubled, enabling the organization to increase its visibility, forge new partnerships and alliances in areas of education, health, economic development, leadership and public policy.  She is an influential member of many other social, political and community organizations and in 2005 was appointed to the Mayor's Commission on Youth and Families in Wilmington.  She deeply believes in balancing personal advancement with community responsibility.    

The mother of two adult sons, the New Jersey native earned an associate in applied science degree in business/secretarial from Salem Community College in 1979.  In May 2004, she graduated summa cum laude from Springfield College with a bachelor of science degree in human services.  She also has earned certificates in nonprofit management (University of Delaware), supervisory management-law enforcement (State of New Jersey) and human resource management (Wilmington College).