Tsega Tamene (She/Her) is a sister, daughter, friend, and more. Born to Ethiopian immigrants in Germany then raised in East Saint Paul and the north suburbs, Tsega calls many places and people home. She has lived, worked, learned, and played in Massachusetts, Ethiopia, India, Vietnam, South Africa, Tanzania, and more. Her commitment to healing and justice is global and local, centering communities most impacted, and requiring her own healing and liberation.
As the senior director of population health at Pillsbury United Communities, Tsega leads strategic program development, implementation, and evaluation in order to uproot health inequities. Her team focuses on food systems, health, safety, and accessibility. Her work also explores deeper transformative collaboration between healthcare and community, amplifying the unique role of community health workers, among other strategies.
She is passionate about community leadership, intersectionality, self-study, Black art, faith, and food. As a public health researcher and advocate, she has previously worked with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Suffolk County Jail. She also currently consults at Decolonize Design, a global community development consulting firm. Tsega graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history, global health policy, and premedicine.
Tsega joined CEP to unlock her power and embolden her voice in the public policy process. She is excited to nerd out, reflect, and build alongside community leaders from different Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. She hopes to gain the knowledge, skills, affirmation, and relationships to affect policy at Minnesota’s Capitol. Her goal is to bring learnings from CEP to both her personal and professional circles.
Tsega can be reached at TsegaT@pillsburyunited.org.