Our roots trace back to 1980 when Ethiopians in Seattle gathered to discuss the formation of a local organization focused on preserving culture and enhancing camaraderie. In 1987, the organization incorporated as a non-profit, community-based organization designed and led entirely by the Ethiopian community. 


To facilitate a seamless integration of all persons of Ethiopian origin into the American society. ECS aims to contribute to the social, cultural and civic life of the Puget Sound area as well as to assist Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans in preserving and sharing their ancient and rich cultural heritage.


ECS envisions a vibrant and active Ethiopian Community in the Puget Sound area. Our aim is to preserve our rich Ethiopian heritage and to ensure that all members are actively involved and share mutual respect.

  • Empowering community members to lead dignified lives in the Greater Seattle area.

  • Helping mold, guide and mentor the next generation of Ethiopians to be educated, responsible, law-abiding and respectable members of society.

  • Extending advocacy services which focus on critical needs in our community, particularly in education, job training and healthcare services. This will be achieved by establishing close partnership with schools, government agencies, employment agencies and healthcare providers.

  • Celebrate diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, religion and political viewpoint of our community members. 

  • Operate and manage our Association with accountability and transparency.