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Samuel Gebru

Samuel M. Gebru is an Ethiopian American social entrepreneur, community organizer, and consultant. Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Samuel moved to the United States at age three in 1995 and was raised by his single mother in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He discovered his vocation for public service as a 13-year-old bringing attention to maternal health issues and raising funds for women suffering from obstetric fistula in his native Ethiopia. Samuel is currently the Massachusetts Development and Partnerships Manager at Generation Citizen and serves as the Managing Director of Black Lion Strategies and Executive Producer of Boston Ethiopia Week. Samuel founded and led the Ethiopian Global Initiative from 2006-2016, convening change makers in Ethiopia and abroad in support of Ethiopia’s growth and development. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Alumni Association, Africans in Boston, Cambridge Community Center, City of Cambridge Prince Hall Memorial Committee, City of Cambridge Family Policy Council, and the Cambridge Public School District’s Superintendent Transition Team. He is currently affiliated with Just-A-Start Corporation, City of Cambridge River Street Infrastructure and Streetscape Working Group, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.