Selam Misgano

Othello-UW Common

Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Strategy

Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center

Education: Master’s in Public Health and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. I am also a Husky alumnus. I attended UW for my undergraduate degree in public health!

Hobbies: Dancing, boxing, reading, walks at Seward Park, hanging out at coffee shops, planning…does that count as a hobby? I love planning and visioning work in my personal and professional life.

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: This is hard, there are so many I love! Right now, I love Delish a new Ethiopian restaurant in Hillman city. I love the décor and the food is great too 😊

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: Kubota Garden is such a fun place to hang out. I have done my fair share of photo shoots at this place including my maternity photoshoot. I also got married to my lovely husband Yonas there! Can you say picture perfect!

What does community engagement mean to you: It means showing up as yourself. You can only engage authentically with people if you are showing as fully.  I am not only a UW employee but also a resident of Othello, a mother of a beautiful baby girl and the oldest daughter of two Ethiopian immigrant parents. My identity matters and I can’t leave it at the door when I walk into work.

What do you do at the Commons: I identify, connect, and facilitate partnership opportunities between the University of Washington and Southeast Seattle organizations and residents that promote economic, health, and educational wellbeing and equity.