Hanna Kebbede is an entrepreneur, writer, and visual artist with substantial professional experience in program development and management for the nonprofit sector. Hanna is the founder of the Foundation; she served as the Executive Director until 2018 and transitioned to a management consultant in 2019.
Hanna is Principal of the Emahoy Tsegue Music Publisher, a subsidiary of The foundation responsible for publishing, licensing, and marketing the music works of the composer. She is also producer, director of a feature-length documentary film titled, “Labyrinth of Belonging” on the story of Emahoy Tsegue Maryam Guebrou.
Mary Sutton is a composer and keyboardist based in Portland, Oregon. She has worked extensively with the composer Emahoy Tsegue Maryam Guebrou and helped transcribe and edit 16 of her compositions into a book that was published through The Foundation. As a composer, she performs under the name Saloli, and her first album, The Deep End, was released through Kranky in 2018.
She is also active as a music educator, teaching music theory at Portland Community College as well as private piano and composition lessons. She holds a BM in Music Composition from New England Conservatory and an MA in Piano Performance from Portland State University.
Eyerusalem aslo known as Jerry is a trained architect, graphic designer, and social media specialist. She works for a digital media company based in Addis Ababa where she resides.
During her spare time, she volunteers her social media expertise to organizations that speak to her. She is very passionate about writing articles on architectural designs, traveling, and taking photos. She joined EMF March 2022 as the Social Media Specialist.