Meet Meronne Teklu
Community Leader, Learning Advocate & Tech Consultant
Born in Alexandria and raised in Fairfax County by two resilient immigrant parents, Meronne knows what it means to pursue safety and security in the American dream. Meronne is a driven, empathetic leader who is running for Alexandria City Council to connect the voices of marginalized and underrepresented communities with City leadership.
Her parents settled in Alexandria with many other Ethiopians displaced by a military coup that overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974. They worked their way through college, supporting themselves financially through various blue-collar jobs﹣a common story for many immigrants.
Meronne’s family instilled in her the importance of hard work, education and giving back. Compelled by a sense of duty and service, her mother and friends established the Wegene Ethiopian Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in Ethiopia by “rebuilding families, one child at a time”. Meronne served as an Advisory Board Member for 8+ years and led the launch of the Wegene Youth Club, a Northern Virginia subsidiary group focused on engaging youth on the importance of advocacy, leadership and philanthropy.
As a student, Meronne was always involved in student government and leadership ﹣whether it was serving as middle school treasurer, student human rights commission, high school senior class officer, college student government or organizing for Black Lives Matter. She also served on her chapter board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first historically Black Greek-lettered sorority.
Previously, she served as the Community Manager for IEA Councils on Higher Education, a D.C. based nonprofit that mentors, sponsors and supports high school students of East African heritage to reach their full potential by providing access to higher education.
Professionally, Meronne is a management consultant at a large professional services firm where she works with commercial, government and public service clients to elevate the human experience. She applies her niche tech startup background to help organizations design, build and launch innovative digital products and services.
In 2018, she spoke at Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference, re:publica, on the importance of online learning for vulnerable communities. In 2019, she was one of thirty women internationally recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the published book “Women in Tech: Inspiration, No Fairytales”.
Meronne graduated from William & Mary, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Africana Studies with a focus in Computer Science. Currently, she lives in Alexandria's West End and is excited for the opportunity to serve Alexandria’s growing, diverse community.