I am originally from Ethiopia. There was a program called Diversity Visa Lottery enacted by Congress during the Bill Clinton Administration to bring 55,000 immigrants from around the world every year. My family and I were fortunate enough to be chosen. After the Diversity Visa Lottery, I came here with my family in 2005. Now I am married and have two smart boys currently in college. When I arrived here in the United States the economy was going through a depression due to the war in Iraq. As a result, it was difficult to find a professional job. I chose to join Highline community college to pursue my accounting degree. After I completed my AA degree, I transferred to Central Washington University to complete my bachelor’s degree in accounting. On June 13, 2014, I graduated. I joined the non-profit organization Interim Community Development Association as a Staff Accountant. I worked with the organization for 7 years. I also worked for United Way King County and Seattle Housing Authority as a contract employee. I love cooking, traveling, gardening and hanging out with my family and friends, along with our beautiful Husky Shila.
I worked my entire career for non-profit organizations. When working in a non-profit organization like TeamChild, there are incredible people. It offers diversity, along with a powerful mission statement in advancing social justice and equity. I’m very passionate working for TeamChild since it upholds the rights of youth involvement to achieve a positive outcome in their lives.