Elizabeth "Elsie" Getachew is ICIJ's institutional giving officer.
She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to the United States in 2002. She attended the University of Maryland earning a Bachelor of Science in agriculture resource economics and a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology. She finished her master's degree from SIT Graduate Institute with the University of Vermont in sustainable development (international policy and management).
Prior to joining ICIJ, Elsie worked with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) as a grants and contracts manager supporting an annual portfolio of over $10 million from multiple funding entities. She played a key part in developing proposals and cost proposals for multiple funding opportunities from federal, corporate and foundations to support programs across the globe. Prior to CIPE, she worked at ChildFund International as a program and grant management specialist managing a portfolio totaling more than $25 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South America. Additional work includes time spent at ActionAid USA, CUSO International, and as a Campaign Manager at DialogueDirect International.
In her free time, Elsie enjoys running after her two girls, doing kickboxing, and catching hockey, baseball and basketball games with her husband. She also loves to cook Ethiopian food for friends and family accompanied by strong Ethiopian coffee.