Nebeu Shimeles


Nebeu (pronounced "NEB-eeoo") joined the Pongo team in May of 2019. As the Development Manager he leads our event planning efforts, solicitation of institutional and individual funders and data management processes, in addition to supporting the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of Pongo’s overall fundraising strategy.

Nebeu comes to Pongo with eight years of fundraising experience across the non-profit sector, having worked with a diverse array of community based organizations and individuals in service of meeting their fundraising needs and realizing their respective missions. His passion for redressing systemic inequities, developed through professional, academic and personal experiences, animates his work to this day.

Regarding his new role, Nebeu shares the following: “Having grown up in Seattle at the intersection of multiple vulnerable identities, I have a firsthand experience with the consequences wrought by institutional neglect, interpersonal harm and unresolved trauma, that informs my enthusiasm for joining Pongo. I am thrilled to begin supporting Richard and Paloma in implementing the organization’s innovative program model, focused on using creative expression to empower those whose hopes, aspirations, and suffering have been neglected on both a systemic and interpersonal scale. A thriving development operation is critical to any non-profit, not only in raising funds but also in expanding its roster of advocates who can in turn act as catalysts for community change on its behalf. I’m excited to embark on this development work, raising awareness about the pressing need being addressed by Pongo, bolstering the fiscal health of the organization, expanding its profile within the community and ultimately helping sustain and deepen its impact for years to come.”

Nebeu holds a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College, with an emphasis in Critical Race Studies. In his free time, he can be found sharpening his cooking skills, building out his music collection, or trying to find a dry period during the day for a run.

 Nebeu & Richard, 2019