A mother of a gorgeous daughter, originally from Eritrea, East Africa. Alem is a long-time Eritrean-American community organizer and advocate, especially empowering immigrants and refugee women and children. She has joined and led many Eritrean solidarity coalition building conferences, summits, and rallies, including political and human rights campaigns, and she has volunteered and worked with different ethnic groups, governments, and non-governmental organizations for many years.
Alem is a founding member of the African Women's Coalition in 2003, serving on the Board until 2005, and again since 2018. She is also co-founded Eritreans for Justice and serves on its Executive Committee, chairs the Executive Board of the Eritrean Global Solidarity for National Dialog, serves as Board Member and Speaker for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Speakers Bureau of the City of Portland, OR, and a member of African Leadership Development of the Africa House and Center for Intercultural Organizing.
In addition to over fifteen years of IT professional work experience, Alem has a M.S. degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner-Pacific College, a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Portland State University (PSU), and an AAS in Computer Information Systems from Portland Community College (PCC).
Alem is an activist for civil rights and social justice issues and she stands firm in her beliefs on the value present of diverse, equitable, inclusive racial social justice, and equal opportunity for all.