A retiree, E.E. (Ed) Fava served for 12 years as administrator for Charleston County Government after completing a 26-year career in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed to the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2010.

Fava is a former member of Charleston County Council and has served on boards for the Heritage Corridor, S.C. Aquarium, Roper Hospital, The Charleston Museum, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the South Carolina Association of Counties, and was a member of the Council of Governments and the Rotary Club of Charleston. Fava has won numerous recognitions, including honors and awards from the military and the community along with the S.C. Order of the Palmetto.

He has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Mississippi and a master's degree in financial management from the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School.