Mengistie is Executive Director of Missions at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida, where she leads poverty alleviation strategies and connects community partners and volunteers. Mengistie leads the Orlando Bread for the World Team and has been involved in building Bread’s advocacy strategies in central Florida. Mengistie formerly worked as program and communications manager for non-profit organizations in Ethiopia, where she built networks of local, international, non-profit, and governmental organizations in relief and development programs. She also worked as development aid policy adviser to European Parliament members in Brussels. She holds a Master of Arts in Politics of Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. Orlando, Florida.