Mathew Mengesha is a Community Organizer at RISE Colorado and enjoys empowering disenfranchised students and families to fight for the change they desire. Before RISE, Mathew worked as a Congressional Aide, for Congresswoman Diana DeGette. There Mathew assisted constituents as a liaison between them and federal agencies. He also conducted outreach to the African American, Immigrant and Refugees, Religious Faiths, Military, Veterans, and Millennial communities; to communicate their needs to the Congresswoman. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. in Political Science. Mathew is a Colorado native and is bilingual in Tigrinya (Eritrea). He is determined to bring equity to communities of color through political power.