• Hagos Wolde

     Executive Director 
    For more than 21 years Hagos Wolde, has worked for a community in support of young people, which values their input, and believes in their ability to create positive social change.
    In 1989 Hagos became co-founder of the First Ethiopian Orthodox Church In Massachusetts, the Tewahido Debresalem Saint Michael Church in Mattapan Square, Boston. He is also a former vice president and executive community member of the Church. From 1992 till 2005 he was elected to, and served on the Board of Trustees. During this time he ran the Sunday school and was active in fund raising activities.

    In 1995 Hagos was a Co-Founder and elected Board member of the Ethiopian Edir Association established for philanthropic purposes pursuivant to the laws of Massachusetts and which provides personal, financial and organizational support to families in times of distress due to  bereavement.
    In the same year he planned the first Ethiopian Community New Year celebration.
    In 1997 he was elected as a board member of the Ethiopian Community Volunteer Group who set up Ethiopian Radio Weekend News and worked for the development of many  social and religious activities.   
    Through his work for the Church and for the Ethiopian American Grass Roots Youth Program which Hagos founded in 2006, he has demonstrated his commitment to advancing the Ethiopian American Community in the Greater Boston Area.
    Hagos has led the Ethiopian American Community Association since 2007 in response to specific issues facing Ethiopian American and other residents in the Boston and Cambridge areas. He has maintained a commitment to providing long-term, intensive services for youth at-risk and their families.
    Through this community based approach, Hagos has built a strong partnership with Cambridge City Human Service Programs and the Area 4 Youth Center.

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  • Addi Salem

    My name is Addisalem Agegnehu, and I am a young Ethiopian-Sudanese college student. I was born and raised in Sudan and I moved to the states at the age of 9. I am a second year student at Regis College majoring in International Relations with a minor in Religious Studies. My passion for the world and other people’s cultures is one of the main reasons why I really enjoy my major. I love traveling and meeting new people. Growing up, I have always had a strong interest for the world around me. My other passion is my country, I love Ethiopia and my culture. Growing up I was fortunate enough to be raised in different cultures and languages, which has given me a different perspective on life. I grew up speaking Arabic, which was my first language, and I’m also fluent in Amharic and English and working really hard on my Tigrinya. In my spare time I love to listen to Ethiopian music, and dance. Ethiopian dancing is my life and something that I am really passionate about. One of my goals in life is to master Ethiopian dancing and show our unique and beautiful culture to the world, and with Hibret dancers we can achieve it. My goal for joining EACA was to make the Ethiopian community in Boston more unified and connected. I feel as though through sharing our dance, culture and love for one another we can accomplish just that.


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  • Helen Gebrezgiy

     Hi! My name is Helen Gebrezgiy, I'm 20 years old and an Ethiopian-American. I was born and raised here in Boston and I'm the oldest of my family with three younger brothers. I'm a second year student at Northeastern University double majoring in mathematics and economics. Along with taking classes I also work at my school's financial aid office and I'm a tutor in math. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends, listening and dancing to music, especially Ethiopian music, watch movies and TV, my favorite show is Law and Order SVU, and enjoying anything life has to offer me. I absolutely love being an Ethiopian-American and embrace both cultures. Dancing all and any kind of Ethiopian dances I can learn is my passion. I can speak Tigrinia and I'm in the process of learning how to speak Amharic, but would also love to learn how to read and write in both. I'm hoping that I can fulfill this with EACA, along with learning more about my culture and building a stronger community with all of you!


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  • Rahiel

    My name is Rahiel Tazele, and I am a sophomore at Tufts University. I helped create the “Hibret Dancers” along with Addisalem Agegnehu and Helen Gebrezgiy. We thought that this would be an awesome way to be positive role models to our younger siblings and also thought about how happy we would make their parents by teaching them about our culture’s dance. Our goal is to immerse our selves and our younger siblings in our culture while also having a fun time doing it. I personally love dancing to all kinds of music, whether it be American, Indian, Latin, or Ethiopian dance. This is one way that I would love to give back to my community, by continuing to perform at many venues and different events while teaching our younger siblings how to love our culture.


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  • Kidane Abadi

    My name is Kidane Abraha Abadi, and I am an Ethiopian-Sudanese young
    professional. I was born and raised in Sudan and I moved to the states
    at an early age. I’m a college graduate and I’m also working on my
    graduate studies at Boston University.
    I’m fortunate to survive my teen years in this country without a
    community that I can call my own. When I did stumble into EACA, I felt
    the obligation to commit and serve the youth and save them the
    misfortunes that befall some of my friends.
    I believe in collective progression and the strength of a united front
    to reach forward. That is the reason why I joined EACA and I will work
    to the best of my ability to make these goals come true.

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  • Tedros

    Hi! My name is Tedros Hishe, but you can call me Teddy. I am one of many Ethiopian American young adults with the desire to reconnect with my roots. That is the main reason why I am so involved with the Ethiopian American Community Association. Here, we have a network of many Ethiopians who want to learn about our history and culture and are not interested in the political, religious, or ethnic division that separated our people. I am also a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston studying Information Technology.


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