Establishing Sustainable Connections


Tolcha Mesele  Executive Board Member

Tolcha is of Ethiopian descent, but was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1988. Due to the untenable conditions created by the Ethiopian Civil War, he and his family briefly fled to Europe before arriving to the United States in 1992 and finally settled in Sioux Falls in 1996.

After graduating from Washington High School in 2006, Tolcha left South Dakota to attend Grinnell College in nearby Iowa. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2010 with an extra focus on Policy Studies. While attending Grinnell, he would return home to Sioux Falls to help support the community by mentoring Washington High School debate students and volunteering as a speech and debate judge.

Since graduation he has been employed at Smithfield Foods as a Production Scheduler for our Packaged Meats Division. Tolcha have been fortunate to serve as co-Chair of Smithfield’s United Way Campaign where the organization raise between $460-510,000 annually as a Community Impact member for the Diversity section. He is also the VP and co-founder of a millennial workforce non-profit called Conscious Youth Solutions.

In addition to his role on the Executive Board of Establishing Sustainable Connections, he sits as a board member of Levitt Sioux Falls, most recently, was accepted to be part of the LSS Foundation Board of Directors.