Jonathan Edwards was born and rasied in the mining village of Capel Hendre near Ammanford. He attended Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman and Ysgol Gyfun Maes yr Yrfa before graduating in History and Politics at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and gaining a postgraduate degree in International History specialising in the end of the Cold War.

After completing his academic studies, Jonathan worked as Chief of staff for Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Adam Price MP for 7 years, where he led on political matters for both elected members. He has a wide understanding of Parliamentary and National Assembly politics.

He is a former Carmarthen Councillor and was elected to the historical post of town Sheriff.

In 2005 he was given responsibility for strategic matters within the party‚Äôs new National Campaigns Directorate. He is considered one of Plaid’s foremost strategic thinkers.

After the 2007 National Assembly, Jonathan moved to work for Citizens Advice Cymru where he led on Public Affairs, Public Relations and Policy matters.

His main political interests include social justice and foreign affairs. His other interests include playing cricket for Penygroes and supporting Swansea City Football Club and the Scarlets.