Dr. Negussie Nega biography: 13 things about Ashton, Maryland environmentalist

Dr. Negussie Nega is an Ethiopian-American environmentalist and civil rights advocate from Ashton, Maryland, United States. He previously lived in Silver Spring, Maryland and in Washington, D.C., USA.

As a community activist, Nega founded One Ethiopia, a movement dedicated to promoting unity, peace and democracy in Ethiopia. One of the awards he received for his public service is the Theodore Higgins Public Service Award, the highest capital city service award from the mayor of Washington, D.C.

Nega is a member of the Ethiopian Environmental and Sustainable Development Council (EESDC) as a Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) team leader. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. As a scholarship student from Ethiopia, he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, USA and attended the American University in Washington, D.C. He earned his master’s degree in applied economics and PhD in management science from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  2. He received training in environmental science and cost-benefit analysis at Harvard University School of Public Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Superfund environmental waste management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) training center and team leadership and conflict management at the federal training facility in Shepherdstown, Virginia, USA.
  3. He is 5 years older than his wife Almaz Dama Nega. They have two sons together.
  4. In 1991, he and other One Ethiopia leaders led the largest ever recorded demonstration of Ethiopians in the diaspora yearning for democracy and the rule of law in their motherland.
  5. In 1995, Almaz gave birth to their son Naod Negussie Nega.
  6. His annual salary as an EPA senior policy advisor was $100,231 in 2004, $107,413 in 2005 and $114,688 in 2006.
  7. His annual salary as an EPA senior policy advisor was $121,399 in 2007, $126,850 in 2008 and $136,941 in 2009.
  8. His annual salary as an EPA senior policy advisor was $140,259 in 2010, $144,385 in 2011 and $144,385 in 2012.
  9. In 2013, his annual salary as an EPA senior policy advisor was $148,510. In the same year, Almaz gave birth to their son Yabtamer Negussie Nega.
  10. His annual salary as an EPA senior policy advisor was $149,993 in 2014 and $151,496 in 2015.
  11. In 2021, he served as one of the Greenland Development Foundation‘s Earth Day 2021 speakers while he was working as a private consultant with various U.S. and international organizations advising on climate change protection and clean energy development techniques.
  12. In April 2022, he and 191 others protested against the joint report of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accusing the Federal Government of Ethiopia, the Amhara Regional Government and the Amhara militia and Fano of committing human rights violations in what the report refers to as Western Tigray.
  13. He was 73 years old when his son Naod pleaded not guilty on January 27, 2023 to assault and battery for the purpose of intimidation.

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