Two Ethiopian-American Obama Aides to Watch in Washington Politics

Above: 23 year-old Yohannes Abraham (left) and 28 year-
old Addisu Demissie (right). Photo – Marvin Joseph–The Root/
The Washington Post.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, April 9, 2009

New York (Tadias) – The election of Barack Obama as President has empowered and expanded the visibility of minorities in political leadership. The Root, a daily online magazine published by Washington Post and Newsweek Interactive, has named two Ethiopian Americans on its list of 10 dynamic young leaders to watch for in Obama’s Washington.

28 year-old Addisu Demissie and 23 year-old Yohannes Abraham are both graduates of Yale University. Both arrived at the nation’s capital after being initiated into politics, in what The Root describes as “the grueling two-year campaign, counting delegates, crunching polls, spinning the press, working doors and phones, managing armies of volunteers, reaping millions of new voter registrations and logging thousands of hours working for change.” Mr. Demissie is now serving as the National Political Director for Organizing for America, while Mr. Abraham is an Assistant to the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House.

Mr. Abraham had joined the Obama presidential campaign in 2007 helping to win Obama’s first victory in Iowa. He campaigned in South Carolina, Ohio, Mississippi, and North Carolina before becoming the Regional Political Director in the battle-ground state of Virginia, his native state.

Canadian-born Demissie had previously worked on Kerry’s campaign and served as a key aide for Terry McAuliffe, before joining the Obama campaign and working as Get Out the Vote Director in Ohio.

Abraham and Demissie are cited by The Root as two of ten young Black Obama aides to watch in Washington Politics.

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4 Responses to “Two Ethiopian-American Obama Aides to Watch in Washington Politics”

  1. 1 Proud Lady Apr 8th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Big up to both young men! All the best in your new jobs. What an era, what a time!

  2. 2 Begudu Apr 9th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Congrats, Besides the honor of working with and for Obama, Your contribution to his campaign paved a way to a new kind of politics in America. I hope your vocation will take you to the old country for a heart to heart with our leaders.

    God Bless.

  3. 3 ASFAHA HADERA Apr 13th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I am personally very proud of Mr. Addisu Demessie and Yohannes Abraham. It seems to me that the Two young and educated Ethio-Americans are heading in the right direction using a very solid ground for their political future. They are carefully applying their political skills climbing through an iron-made leader. I can only congratulate my country men and women who aspire higher.

    I Am an Ethio-American who made it on my own rights.

    We should thank Addisu and Yohannes for priding us all, through their vision.

    I should also like to thank TADIAS for keeping us abreast on issues that matters us all.

    Best Regard,
    (Ethiopia Branch).

  4. 4 Hile Tekle Jun 11th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I am extremely proud of Yohannes and Addisu.

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