Tsedey Betru

Originally from Ethiopia, Tsedey’s experiences immigrating to the U.S. and growing up in Memphis, TN led her to pursue studies in Urban and Regional Development at Cornell University. After college, she dived into the fascinating world of community organizing, first as coordinator of the Fannie Lou Hamer Project, a campaign of the National Voting Rights Institute based in Atlanta, GA aimed at engaging communities of color in issues of campaign finance reform, and then as a youth organizer in West Oakland, CA. She also worked for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in San Francisco.

Tsedey’s experience providing research support for a national policy institute, PolicyLink, led her to return to graduate school. She studied both urban policy analysis and nonprofit management at The New School in New York City. While in graduate school, she worked on a research contract for the Living Cities funder collaborative, centered on cultivating diverse leadership in the community development field.

Upon completing her Master’s, Tsedey became the Director of Administration for the NYC Charter School Center, an organization tasked with building NYC’s nascent charter school movement. In this role, she honed her organizational management skills by coordinating NYC’s first annual conference for charter school leaders and developing a school incubation center. With these experiences in hand, she returned to her interest in research and analysis and joined the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. At DMI, Tsedey built a national model for training emerging progressive policy professionals in core public policy skills; today DMI Scholars work for institutions on every level of government and across a wide range of private institutions.

After six years with DMI, she spent two years consulting for organizations like the Center for Community Capital at UNC- Chapel Hill; and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies that brought her back to her hometown. Prior to joining Invest Atlanta, she served as Vice President of Community LIFT, a community development intermediary for the city of Memphis.

She currently serves as the Manager of Community Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at Invest Atlanta. In this role, Tsedey co-piloted a homeowner-occupied rehab program and a small-scale redeveloper training program for residents of Westside Atlanta. She also manages IA’s commercial tax allocation district advisory committees. Tsedey is thrilled to work passionately for neighborhood-level transformation in Atlanta’s core neighborhoods. In her free time, Tsedey volunteers in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods, paints, and explores the city’s walking trails.

Tsedey Betru 

Tsedey Betru

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Civic Engagement
Facilitation & Strategic Planning
Project Management
Real Estate

Career Stage
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