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Absera Melaku

Absera Melaku is the Vice Chair of the Board at Avodah. 

Absera is a public health practitioner with over ten years of management experience in the nonprofit, government, philanthropy, and academic sectors. In her current role as Associate Director of Credential Programs, Absera supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of various University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy credential and non-degree programs spanning topics in data science, public policy, and leadership development. Absera received her MA in medical anthropology and MPH specializing in health promotion and disease prevention from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Absera was named a 2019 Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) and was most recently honored with the Early Career Leadership Award from CWRU’s School of Medicine.

As a public health practitioner, I often consider how poverty and ill-health are inextricably linked – how socioeconomic status is one of the most powerful predictors of disease. I am so honored and thrilled to serve Avodah, an organization whose very core is rooted in antipoverty action in service to the most vulnerable in our community, and to develop leaders and activists committed to equity and justice.”