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Mission Statement

The Ethiopian Community Los Angeles is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit, and tax exempted civic organization aiming at serving all Ethiopians living in the greater Los Angeles area of Southern California.  ECLA is an all-inclusive organization committed to address social, economic, and educational needs of the community; and promoting culture, history, and heritage of Ethiopia at large.


Getahun Asfaw, Board member

My name is Getahun Asfaw,

I am a CEO/ Co-owner of Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, Los Angeles. I am an entrepreneur and business owner. My vision is to bring the Ethiopian Community together.

 Yonas Assefa, Interim Board member

I work as an Agent Account Analyst for a logistic company.

I joined ECLA because of my desire to learn something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself. I believe that in being there for others, I am reminded that we are all in this together. When I look beyond myself, I see that life has so much to offer. 

My vision is clear, ECLA is the community hub that we all benefit from. 

Jibril Hussen, Board member, Interim Secretary 

I am a Social Worker at Department of Children and Family, Los Angeles County.

I joined ECLA because I had a vision to see Ethiopians helping Ethiopians living in the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding counties.  ECLA will create unity and cooperation among Ethiopians in Los Angeles. 

Positron Kebebew, Board Vice Chair

I am a former primary care physician currently in a leadership role at a Health Plan. My professional journey was long, and I learned to lean and ‘get’ from others – I want to play it forward in my community. To me ECLA translates to ‘We rise by lifting others.’

Tesfaye Muleta, Board member

I work as an IT Consultant.  I joined ECLA out of a desire to help the community. I would like ECLA be the organization that makes a difference in people’s life by giving help and direction to all Ethiopians living in and around Los Angeles.

Daniel Seyoum, Board member

I have been working in different capacities as an IT professional. I work with people from different walks of life, within the same team or across different teams with ease.

I pride myself in having great interpersonal skills. I would like to see ECLA be a ‘one stop’ shop so any member of the community can come and get served or get guidance, from simple counseling to life touching matters, like health, education, or social services that the government offers.

Martha Tadesse, Board Chair

My name is Martha Tadesse RN MSN/MPH CNS. 

Having witnessed many failed attempts at opening a Community Center in Los Angeles; I decided to join one last time to assist and hopefully achieve this outcome/ goal.

My vision is for a healthy community where Ethiopians and Ethio/Americans become equipped with tools and resources that will assist them in living progressively fulfilling lives. 

Yekuno Woldeyesus, Interim Board

I work in the Healthcare Industry. I do volunteer work and observed my own community lacked a viable community support. Hence, I pivoted to focus more on my own community. My vision is to bring the Ethiopian and Ethiopian origin community together, create an environment that benefits from all available resources through different governmental agencies and organizational sectors. To bring all talents and backgrounds together and build a stronger and united community that lasts for generations. Contribute to build a positive, inclusive, engaging, and strong community

Contact Us

Ethiopian Community Los Angeles

1439 N.Highland Avenue #203

Los Angeles, CA 90028


info@ ecloangeles.org

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