Seleshi Ayalew Asfaw, Executive Director of ETSS, has a Doctorate of Medicine from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He practiced medicine and eventually served as the Executive Director of Gondar Regional Health Department through the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia before seeking asylum in Belgium in 1996, as Ethiopia was in crisis of civil war and human right violations. Eventually he immigrated to Columbus, Ohio in 1997 where he worked with Jewish Family Services and ECDI for five years directing IDA and the Microenterprise programs funded by ORR. He has helped to found a number of community-based organizations tackling public health, educational and economic development issues in Central Ohio. Currently he serves as President of the Ann Sherry Foundation, Board of Director of the African Federation, Inc (AFI), a national African advocacy organization, and was appointed by the Mayor of Columbus to serve as a board member for Primary One Health. He is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Council for the Columbus Police Department and the Future Ready Columbus Community Engagement Council.