2015 Fellows

The First Generation

The 2015 EDF cohorts paved the road and helped build a foundation for EDF. We found visionaries that put in the hard work necessary to make their dreams and EDF’s future a reality. We look forward to selecting and meeting our 2016 cohort.

 

Tewodoros Asfaw

Tewodros Asfaw was born in Ethiopia and spent his early years in there until moving to the United States as a teenager. He earned his BS in Finance at St. Cloud State University with a minor in Economic. During this time, he served as President of the University’s Ethiopian Student Association, where he focused on promoting awareness of the Ethiopian culture. After earning his MS in Social Responsibility with an emphasis in Trade and Development Studies, he worked as a College Coach for the non-profit organization, College Possible. As a Coach, he mentored and supported low-income students succeed in college. As a first-generation immigrant, Tewodros has always known the importance of education. His passion for education and service has grown deeper through his experiences as an Ethiopian diaspora and he is eager to be apart of the first generation of EDF Fellows. Through EDF, he hopes to support Ethiopia’s economic growth by expanding access to education.

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Naome Seifu

"Naome Seifu is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia. She majored in Digital Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Global Affairs. Naome has interned with Voice of America in Washington D.C., where she worked in the African Division, specifically with the Horn of Africa. She is also apart of T. Howard Foundation and writes for Dinq magazine's monthly issue in Atlanta, GA. She's worked with WABE and Q100 radio stations in Atlanta where she learned the ins and outs of the broadcast field. She is excited about working within EDF to build her dreams. It just takes one step at a time to bring change into this world, and she plans on making her first step through EDF!

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Liat Desta

"Liat Desta graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with a focus on Health Sciences. She worked at Kaiser Permanente as an Occupational Medicine & Pediatrics Intern, learning the administrative management necessary to maintain hospital's day-to-day schedule. Her work with Genesis, a community organization, led her to advocate for justice and equality among new immigrants. She also organized and selected the Leadership Committee that organized L.A Works Day, Los Angeles' largest volunteer-based community improvement event. As a member of Marians, a university service organization that focused on improving the lives of women and children in Los Angeles, Liat was able to actively better the community through her work as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club at Mar Vista Gardens. Liat is excited to be the first EDF cohort, and looks forward to enriching her understanding of public health conditions in Ethiopia.

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Ebanezare

"Ebanezare Tadele was born and raised in the inner city of San Diego, California. His urban surrounding and Ethiopian culture created a passion for international development and social justice. Ebanezare graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Communication, Ebanezare blended his passion with his education into his work in the community. He was the Vice President of the Black Student Union, helping lead the school’s African American student body striving for racial equality. Ebanezare was also part of PLNU’s nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team as a junior level national debater. In addition to this, he’s served both as a volunteer and intern at his local Ethiopian Church and local Ethiopian Community Center while striving to continue to support his community through other community events. Through EDF, Ebanezare is excited to learn ways he can utilize his education and experiences for the development and growth of Ethiopia.

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Eden Mesfin

Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Eden Mesfin has tailored her work experience to focus on issues surrounding international development, education, and policy. Since graduating Eden has worked in Washington D.C. with a foreign policy consulting firm as Special Assistant to the former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay. From there, Eden gained exposure to health care policy and cancer research as a Program Associate at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, assisting with development of an online tool to help research sites in academic, hospital, and community settings. Currently, at Georgetown University, she has further expanded her management and quantitative skills as the Administrative Officer of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. She is responsible for analyzing and processing financial report and administering faculty payroll. For the past four years, Eden’s passion for education and literacy motivated her to become a volunteer and outreach ambassador for the Reading Partners organization in Washington D.C. She is excited to be an Ethiopian Diaspora Fellow, allowing her to fulfill her dream of finding tangible methods to improve literacy, youth development, and women’s rights in Ethiopia.

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