Zerai Asgedom was born and raised in the Southern Part of Ethiopia in a small town called Yavello, about 120 kilometers north of the southern border between Ethiopia and Kenya. When Zerai was a freshman at Addis Ababa University, was given the opportunity to come to United States through a diversity visa lottery program. On October 19, 2002, Zerai moved to Seattle .
In the fall of 2003, Zerai started attending Shoreline Community College, and in 2005, Zerai graduated with an Associate degree in Science. That same year, he was accepted into the Seattle Pacific University’s School of Nursing, and graduated is 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Zerai has since worked in the Organ Transplant Unit of Swedish Medical Center.
In order to achieve my long dream of being a change agent in the community that raised and nurtured me, I started my Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Fall of 2011. I plan to graduate in June of 2013 with an MPH Degree.