Gelila Selassie

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Selassie received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and her B.A. in experimental psychology from University of South Carolina. Her experience during school includes serving as the director of the Pro Bono Project at Wake Forest, coordinating the Advance Directives project with a local hospital, volunteering as an Affordable Care Act Navigator and participating in the Elder Law Clinic.  She also has experience as a medical record review analyst, patient advocate for the Philadelphia Medical-Legal Community Partnership, legal extern for a local hospital and is fluent in Amharic. Selassie joined LSSP in October 2015.

Selassie’s interest in health care work is inspired by her belief that access to health care is at the core of human rights. Her experience in her parent’s native country of Ethiopia, where health care issues like HIV/AIDS, malaria and other preventable diseases create unnecessary hardship in the lives of many, as well as her experiences in the U.S., where lack of access to health care leads to serious issues and poor quality of life, has fueled her passion to increase access to health care for all. Her past volunteer work includes volunteering with the Urban Ministry Center, an expungement clinic and Lawyer on the Line. In her free time, she enjoys trivia, reading, traveling and anything that involves exploring different cultures.