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.
Vanéna is an entrepreneur by nature, a business strategist intellectually. She has successfully owned and managed a retail clothing franchise and a local bar in DC. She did a stint as Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Madagascar, then spent over a decade at The Washington Post as Director of Newsroom Budget and Finance. Today, her focus is assisting organizations to the next level. She brings order, efficiency, and can see solutions beyond obstacles.
She is trilingual, an avid golfer, and loves to cook. She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband David and daughter Fiona. Her former directorships include the YWCA National Capital Area, Providence Hospital Foundation, and the Village Academy. She is currently on the board of Rochambeau, the French International School. In February 2021, she joined EMF.