From 2005-2013, Edwards produced and hosted DefendersLIVE, a local news/talk radio program on WRIR 97.3 LP FM, and since 2005, been a founding member of the editorial board of The Virginia Defender, a quarterly community newspaper, along with her husband, founding editor and publisher Phil Wilayto.
In 2009 she began serving as president of the Virginia Friends of Mali, an education and cultural engagement organization, which coordinated the establishment of a sister city relationship between Richmond and Ségou, Mali and continues to organize projects between the two cities.
For 6 years Ana managed a weekly farmers market as a nutrition education program an early childhood education center with its origins in neighborhood-centered social services. Before that she was communications director for Homeward, Richmond’s coordinating agency for homeless services.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1960, Ana holds a BA in Visual Arts (1978) from Cal-Poly Pomona (CA, 1978), studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (NJ, 1984-1986), and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in History at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has two wonderful sons and a warrior husband.