Born in Ethiopia, Solome saw at an early age the harmful effects of top down, paternalistic development. She has since dedicated her work to championing community-owned and -led social transformation. Previously, Solomé has worked with Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), Global Fund for Children, and Human Rights Watch in New York City, among others. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University. Her work and writing has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Inside Philanthropy, among others, and she has appeared on NPR, BBC, and Al Jazeera. She serves as a guest speaker at community events, conferences, and universities and sits on the Board of Trustees of Panta Rhea Foundation.