Team Member

Wagaye Mesele

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Wagaye Mesele

Operations Associate

Wagaye assists with finance processing, supports the Communications Director with website and social media management, and helps coordinate grant logistics, in addition to providing general support to the whole team.

Prior to joining The Education Trust–New York, Wagaye was a Community Health Extension Specialist in Zambia. While there, she implemented many health improvement trainings, and focused on grant writing and management as co-chair of a committee specializing in making HIV/AIDS work easier to accomplish at the village level in rural parts of the country.

A native of South Dakota, Wagaye holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wesleyan University. 

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to read and work towards crossing off the only item on my bucket list: to visit every continent at least once.

What are people most surprised to learn about you?

After I was born in Florida, my family moved to South Dakota, where they live now, so I spent many years growing up there before going away to boarding school.

What drew you to education?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a lot of people in my life who genuinely cared about my education, and I can confidently say I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t taken my education as seriously I did. It has gifted me so much.