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.