ECAC Auxiliary Board

Who We Are

Founded in 2012, the ECAC Auxiliary Board is a dynamic group of civic-minded young professionals who provide financial support to the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago’s overall mission of empowering refugees and immigrants, and promoting awareness of Ethiopian culture throughout the Chicago area.

What We Do

The ECAC Auxiliary Board engages young professionals in the greater Chicago community through social, philanthropic, and volunteer opportunities. Past and current events include:

Monthly Happy Hour Events

Hosted on the third Wednesday of each month at various venues across the city, this event allows young professionals to network in a relaxed, social atmosphere while temporarily escaping from the stress of the everyday routine.

Speaker Series

An event where Ethiopian trailblazers from various industries are invited to speak about their accomplishments, experiences, or organizations. Past speakers include Mesfin Getaneh, co-founder of Young Ethiopian Professionals (YEP).

Annual Holiday Party

A marquee fundraising event where Auxiliary Board members and their guests are invited for a night of drinks, music and celebration at The Wild Hare.

Volunteering with ECAC Youth

Members of the Auxiliary Board hosted a college workshop for high school students, and participated in arts and crafts at the annual children’s Christmas party.


Membership to the ECAC Auxiliary Board is FREE! Simply fill out an application form and receive these benefits:

· Board members receive a one-year, dual membership to the ECAC Auxiliary Board, as well as the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.

· Discounts and/or free entry to ECAC Auxiliary Board or ECAC special events, including the annual ECAC dinner.

· Networking opportunities

· Ability to hold leadership positions, such as leading an event, serving on the Executive Committee, and more!

For any questions regarding membership, please contact Gabi Dressligne at

Download the membership application here: Auxiliary Board Member Application.docx 
2014 – 2015 Members


Sergut Dejene, President
The University of Chicago
Yemisrach Erku, Vice President
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Abel Dejene, Internal Communications Officer, Inc.
Embibel Gebre, Financial Officer
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
Gabi Dressligne, Membership Officer
Jewish Community Center of Chicago
Eskedar Yirga Alem, Member-at-Large
Northwestern University 
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