Spotlight Sawait Seyoum

Spotlight Sawait Seyoum

 

DRC Staff Spotlight

Working at DRC is more than just a job - it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference!

Learn more about our staff & working at DRC.

 
SS

Sawait Seyoum

Senior Policy Advocate
“Everyone deserves the right to live a life of dignity. I am proud to work for an organization that strives to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities and ensure persons with disabilities live a life of dignity in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.” - Sewait

What do you do in your current role?

I advocate on behalf of DRC on issues related to health care, Long Term Services and Supports, Home and Community Based Services, including IHSS and other human services related issues.

What drew you to work for DRC?

Prior to joining DRC, I worked on IHSS issues for both UDW/AFSCME and SEIU/ULTCW, the homecare provider unions. I also worked as a homecare provider for many years. Working at DRC was an opportunity for me to utilize my previous work experience to effectively advocate for programs and policies that benefit persons with disabilities.

What is an accomplishment that shaped or impacted your career?

When I worked for Assemblymember Shirley Weber I staffed a bill that called for more funding for the lowest performing student subgroup. Despite all the preparation and work, the bill stalled in committee. However, we did not give up, and as a result, we were successful in securing a budget appropriation of $300 million for the lowest performing student subgroup that year.

This accomplishment significantly impacted my career because it made me realize that when there is a will there is a way, even when you think it’s over.

What is something unique about DRC that you haven’t experienced at a previous job?

Everyone that I have met at DRC is very pleasant and kind. It’s truly wonderful.

Fun Fact
I am a first-generation immigrant from Eritrea, Africa. My family and I fled Eritrea in the early 80's during the war for independence from Ethiopia. My parents were freedom fighters in the war; their fight for freedom, justice and independence is what has always fueled my career in social justice and advocacy.