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.
Ana was 2009-2017 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. She serves on the Richmond Sister Cities commission.
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.