Matheos Mesfin is the Founder and Executive Director of IEA Councils. He is a Posse Scholar, a graduate of Grinnell College having recently completing his pre-MBA program at Harvard Business School in 2018. Mr. Mesfin is well acquainted with the East African Community and has previously worked to establish ad hoc college access programs in Washington DC. A native of Ethiopia, he has worked extensively with the higher educational community including in organizations such the American Council on Education (ACE), College For Every Student (CFES) and other nonprofits and government contractors. He has also served as the youngest Board of Director at the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association (CCAA). He speaks Amharic, French, Italian, and is currently learning Arabic and German.
Timothy Glymph III joined IEA Councils in 2016 to help transition the organization from a volunteer based to funded based organization. He is a nonprofit professional with over 10 years of experience in the education sector. Most recently Timothy managed a program called Connect 4 Youth for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington helping 18 to 24 years obtain their first job in youth development. He also worked as a therapeutic crisis counselor at the Episcopal Center for Children a private, non-profit, non-denominational day treatment facility for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Timothy received his Master of Public Administration and Certified Nonprofit Professional certification from University of the District of Columbia’s School of Business and Public Administration. He obtained his B.S. in Psychology from Wilberforce University.
Sammrawit 'Sam' Girma is our newest Collegiate Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and a native of Ethiopia. She previously held a position at Westat, where she facilitated communication between stakeholders and community advocates development of the SharePoint website mutually used to share and store present and past interviews and transcripts. She has participated in four service trips: an education study abroad trip to Israel, a healthcare trip to Ethiopia, a service trip to Delaware, and an HIV/AIDS focused trip to New York. She has also participated in the complication of several annual reports for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).She is excited to join the team and working to strengthen new and existing relationships with IEA Councils while finishing her last year of graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Nioud ‘Neo’ Gebru is IEA Councils’ Program Director. He is a graduate of University of Maryland, where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology. Neo has spent a majority of his time focused on doing research revolving around development, implementation and evaluation of interventions in the education, justice and mental health systems. He was the President of the Ethiopian Students Association at University of Maryland, where he was involved in fundraising for various organizations in Ethiopia and tutoring in the larger Washington, DC metro area. He has spent a significant amount of time travelling internationally, and as such works to represent IEA Councils effectively within the diaspora.
Mr. Solomon Kassahun is IEA Councils’ Information Technology Specialist. He has received a Bachelor of Science in Security Risk Analysis, Concentration in Cyber-Security and
Minor in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University. At IEA Councils, Mr. Kassahun provides meticulous information and security support for the organization. He also works to
enhance our system to virtually streamline procurement processes and information accessibility
to our students and broader public.
Information Technology Specialist
Mr. Bruck Gezahegn is IEA Councils’ Program Associate. Mr. Gezahegn works to provide personalized support for students, through mentoring and personalized support to prepare students to the culture of college. He has received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baldwin Wallace University and is a former student-fellow of the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement. He has worked on a social change project with the Dean of Baldwin Wallace University to discuss about race relations in the University. Mr. Gezahegn is also a former student fellow of the Center for Innovation and Growth, conducted consumer based strategy research on the members of Berea Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a
former assistant in workshops for students in spreading awareness about Africa through Baldwin Wallace University African Student Organization. Mr. Gezahegn has tutored to other students in
the university through the learning center of Baldwin Wallace University.
Hayatt Abadico is IEA Councils' Program Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland. She will be focusing on the student’s professional development as well as their writing skills. Hayatt has years of experience in tutoring and working with students. She has experience creating presentations and teaching students through interactive learning. Hayatt has taken on leadership roles within her community with the desire to educate and empower members of her community and hopes to do the same with IEA.
Mamush Mesfin is a rising sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Fluent in both English and Amharic, he is currently studying business and computer science and hopes to one day open a tech firm here win DC. He has previously been a member of several youth development programs and is looking forward to his internship with the Institute.
Intern: Program Support Coordinator
Nathan Araya is a rising senior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. He possesses experience in fundraising at his local church as well as experience in public service as a former senate intern. He is eager to aide member students as they navigate through the college application process and dwell on the academic field (s) that strike their curiosity intellectually.
Intern: Program Development
Ekram Jiru is a rising junior at Pomona College. She is a former Posse nominee, a Questbridge Scholar with previous experience in college access. Currently studying economics, she is excited to join our team. Ekram will be interning at IEA Councils and interchangeably with the IRS. Her invaluable expertise in finance, mentoring and community outreach will be utilized to address the holistic needs of our member students and targeted communities.