Biography:Eduardo Cantera


For over 15 years, Ian Welsch has been actively involved in education and nonprofit leadership. Leading students in classroom instruction early on in his career, he proved to parents and peers alike that students flourish under his guidance. In recent years, Ian has trained many educators and nonprofit executives on topics ranging from program development and management to donor cultivation and data-reporting, in order to benefit the lives of many more under-resourced youth around the nation.

Ian earned his BS, as well as his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. Taking a position as an educator in the Miami-Dade County Public School System in 2005, and recognizing the need for additional educational resources, he started an in-home tutoring service. Increasing referrals highlighted a community-wide need, thus in June 2008, The Motivational Edge Inc. was formed. This is a federally recognized, 501(c)(3) organization which uses culturally relevant arts as a motivational platform to inspire youth toward academic achievement, increased self-confidence and to build essential life skills. As Founder and CEO, Ian has assembled a vibrant team of experienced and caring educators and mentors. Since 2008, ME has evolved into a highly regarded youth development agency that children and families have learned to depend on for quality educational services.

In late 2013, Ian launched The Edge – Non Profit Coaching. This coaching company afforded Ian the opportunity to educate other non-profit professionals based on his years of experience. The Edge - Non Profit Coaching provides exceptional start-up and ongoing services for nonprofits. Specifically, they lead new and emerging nonprofit professionals through the process of starting, funding and managing a nonprofit, tax exempt organization. In mid-2015, The Edge – Non Profit Coaching joined forces with a local consulting firm to form NPO Elite, which is a consulting agency that streamlines processes for nonprofit organizations to reduce time and money spent on administration so that more services can be delivered per funding dollar.

Memberships and Affiliations
City of Miami Arts and Entertainment Council Member
Member of the Chapman Partnership Neighborhood Advisory Committee
Florida Education Association
National Education Association
"Route to Self-Determination" Statewide Training - Advisory Committee Member
Board Member of Heavy Legacy Foundation
Board Member of CHOICE Foundation
Former Member of Blue Ridge Institute for Southern Community Service Executives

Ian Welsch M.S Ed.
3162 Bird Avenue
 Miami, FL 33133
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