Michael Bekele

CFO & COO

Michael Bekele came to Whitefoord from a corporate business experience. After joining the nonprofit world he was quick to embrace and became an ardent supporter of the mission of the organization. He says “Every day I apply my skills to do my work enthusiastically. Every day with great passion I team up with colleagues and supporters to achieve the organization’s mission. And every day I am happy about it.” Mr. Michael Bekele came to Whitefoord from a corporate business experience.

Michael has a combined experience of more than 15 years in Accounting, Finance, Business and Information Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ethiopia and his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation here in the United States. Since joining Whitefoord in 2005, he has established a solid foundation to the finance department by streamlining the budgeting process, formulating analytical reports, devising a system for timely and accurate submission of mandatory filings with regulatory agencies and having clean audits. He has a remarkable reputation for his stellar performance of Whitefoord’s finance functions from donors to auditors to board members and staff.

In his current position as CFO/COO, he oversees the organization’s Finance, Human Resources and Facilities functions.

Michael lives with his wife, Melkam and three wonderful children Kristian, Anna and Ava in Snellville, GA.