Edward Short serves as the Director of Development for the National Gianna Center, the pro-life mission of which is close to his heart. For Mr. Short, “No mission is more vital than the Gianna mission,” and he is “deeply blessed to be in a position to help advance it.”
Mr. Short has over 20 years of marketing and development experience, primarily with Catholic philanthropies. Before joining the National Gianna Center, he was Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Hope, a Catholic non-profit in Long Island dedicated to sustaining a network of 48 Catholic elementary schools responsible for educating over 20,000 schoolchildren. Prior to that, he was Director of Development with Catholic Guardian Services in the Archdiocese of New York, a $90 million dollar social service agency, where he helped to secure support for the agency’s pro-life Maternity and Shelter programs for mothers and young children, as well as their Foster Care Program, the second largest in New York State.
In addition to his work with the National Gianna nonprofit, Mr. Short writes for a number of magazines and journals, including City Journal, the Weekly Standard, Catholic World Report, Literary Review, and the Catholic Herald.
Mr. Short’s deep commitment to the Gianna apostolate stems from his deep commitment to the rich Catholic tradition, particularly the life and work of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the Church’s greatest apostles. Mr. Short has written two acclaimed scholarly studies on Newman, Newman and his Contemporaries (2011) and Newman and his Family (2013), both published by Bloomsbury. He also lectures on Newman and related Catholic themes in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. His newest study of the work of the beloved beatus, Newman and History was published by Gracewing in the Fall of 2017.
In addition to his work on Cardinal Newman, Mr. Short is the author of Culture and Abortion (2013), a groundbreaking study of the scourge of abortion from a cultural perspective.
If one of the primary objectives of the Gianna mission is to help put the culture of life on the map in ways that practically support and strengthen the family, Mr. Short continues to work to advance that vital goal in all facets of his professional career.
Mr. Short graduated cum laude from Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he studied history and art history. He lives with his wife and two children in New York.