Samuel Gebru is an Ethiopian American social entrepreneur, community organizer, consultant, and resident of Cambridge since the age of three. He began his career in public service at the age of 13, raising funds committed to maternal health issues in his native Ethiopia. While at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Samuel launched Youth View Cambridge and was the first youth appointed to the Executive Committee of the Cambridge Family Policy Council. He has worked on municipal and state election campaigns and served as a legislative intern to Massachusetts State Senator Steven A. Tolman. From 2006-2016, Samuel founded and led the Ethiopian Global Initiative, and is currently the founder and managing director of Black Lion Strategies, a consulting practice that works to strengthen U.S.-Ethiopia relations. He is also the executive producer to Boston Ethiopia Week. Samuel serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Community Center and launched the annual Samuel M. Gebru Leadership Award at CRLS, recognizing a graduating senior for experience in, and passion for, public service. He was previously a board member of Africans in Boston, and served on the Artist Selection Committee for Cambridge’s Prince Hall, honoring Prince Hall, the noted African American scholar, abolitionist, and founder of Black Masonry.