Etsegenet is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is received a Bachelors Degree in law from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. She also holds a masters degree on International Human Rights Law from Lund University in Sweden. Before joining Columbia University as a Masters student in Social Work, Etsegenet has served multiple nonprofits working with immigrants and refugees based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. After graduation, Etsegenet is hoping to work in the non profit sector to serve marginalized people and contribute in the social justice sector.