Mahader Tesfai

College Financial Services Coordinator

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Mahader Tesfai (he/him) is a College Financial Services Coordinator for Making Waves Foundation. In this role, he assists Wave-Makers by providing financial aid advising and scholarship support. Mahader was born in Keren, Eritrea and currently lives in Berkeley, California. As a first-generation college graduate, Mahader attended UC Santa Barbara and earned his undergraduate degree in Black Studies. Prior to joining Making Waves Foundation, he has held various roles within college success, including at UC Santa Barbara as the Student Group Advisor and most recently at East Harlem Tutorial Program as the College Success Manager. Mahader has spent a good part of his career ensuring that high school and college students make the most of their post-secondary experience. He is honored to work with students throughout their post-secondary journey, assisting them in navigating varying financial aid needs, and is thrilled to be a part of their Making Waves support system.