Get to know me in three:
- My home away from home:
- Ethiopia is my home away from home. It’s home to over 80 ethnic groups and the vibrancy, kindness, and resilience of the people is inspiring. I always feel grounded and connected to my roots when I visit.
- What makes LCW special:
- In a society that is more and more globally connected, there still seems to be missed opportunities to understand, celebrate, and validate marginalized cultures and identities. That being said, I think the work that LCW is doing to foster more environments that are culturally and socially responsive is valuable and creates more spaces for people to show up authentically.
- The values that influence me:
- Community, authenticity, empathy, and kindness.
Nassise is a native Amharic speaker with an educational background in Communications and African and African American studies. In addition to her personal experiences and perspective as a first generation Ethiopian-American, she brings a thorough understanding of communications practices to LCW, particularly within the context of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on the health and wellness of underserved and underrepresented communities.
Nassise formerly worked as the Safety Programs Manager for the Westbank Business Association where she collaborated with residents, business owners, non-profit stakeholders, and city offices to develop community-led safety initiatives that are responsive and accountable to community needs. She currently resides in Minnesota where she enjoys spending time with loved ones and hanging out at the lake!