Councilor Edwards was raised all over the world by her military mom but chose East Boston to build her home and raise a family. Her "game changing" leadership was recently highlighted by the Boston Globe, who lauded her work as deputy director within the Mayor's Office of Housing Stability. She was responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions to fight displacement and brought together all stakeholders: landlords, management companies, housing authorities, and tenants.
Councilor Edwards worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on labor issues such as fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. She served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In 2015, she was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe.
Her mother is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and current union worker with the Veterans' Administration and raised both her and Lydia's twin sister. Lydia speaks fluent Portuguese and conversational Spanish.
She graduated from American University Washington College of Law and received a LLM in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She currently lives in East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner.