Messay Derebe is part of the Program team at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Previous to this Messay worked with several performing and visual arts organizations around the country in Pittsburgh, PA, Dallas, TX, and Washington, DC. This experience included work with the The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Washington Performing Arts.
Messay began her career in finance working as an auditor with Ernst & Young but left that path to pursue her true passion of supporting artists and arts organizations. Messay holds a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University with majors in English Literature and Accounting. Messay also volunteers to support arts in her committee. She serves as a member of the steering committee for Emerging Arts Leaders DC and in other capacities. She is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and calls Texas her adopted US state.