Metasabia Rigby is a Program Coordinator for Collective Justice. She was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Her journey, like many, is full of broken pieces, love, and transformation. She traversed oceans, lands, and seas, to reach Seattle. Metasabia has a deep affinity for and experience in peacebuilding and has collaborated with people in Afghanistan, Rwanda, France, and many parts of the U.S. to support healing and transformation in the aftermath of war, migration, and violence. Metasabia is drawn to this work because she believes in collective liberation, deepening and building relationships, skills, capacity, creativity, and joy, alongside communities most impacted by harm, violence, and imprisonment.
Metasabia was a Rainier Valley Corps Community Impact Fellow at Powerful Voices, where she supported the organization to thrive. Her writing on refugees and migrants is featured on the Voices for Creative Nonviolence blog; her work with peace activist Kathy Kelly of Chicago, IL, is featured on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago; and her most recent piece on the qualities and challenges of creating inclusive and healing work spaces can be found on the Ranier Valley Corps Blog. She holds a BA from Wells College in Creative Writing. She does this work in remembrance of Selamawit Moges, mother and ancestor.