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Shakespear Feyissa Joins Museum of History & Industry Board of Trustees

SEATTLE, WA., May 17, 2016 – The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) announced today the appointment of local Seattle attorney Shakespear Feyissa as its newest board of trustees member. Feyissa brings a wealth of experience in non-profit work, community outreach, and law practice.

MOHAI’s mission is to collect and preserve artifacts and stories of Seattle’s diverse history, highlights the regional tradition of innovation and imagination. The trustees and staff of the museum of are currently engaged in many activities to celebrate to region, consistent with MOHAI’s vision, to make the Museum treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires individuals to be their best, individually and collectively.

“As a Seattle resident, active member of the business community and the local Ethiopian community, which is one of the largest immigrant communities in Seattle, Shakespear Feyissa has a unique understanding of the city of Seattle and its unique role in the history of our nation and beyond,” said MOHAI Trustee Al Young. “We are confident that he will make impactful contributions to our work as we pursue our mission of collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of MOHAI’s history of innovation and imagination.”

Feyissa joins 24 other active MOHAI board of trustee members with diverse professional backgrounds. Trustees’ current and former affiliations include Amazon, America’s Health Together, B2Launch, Defender Association, Enrico Products, Expedia, Integral Systems Inc., Marten Law, Muckleshoot Tribe, Nordic Cold Storage, Perkins Coie LLP, Planetary Power, Seneca Group, Skellenger Bender, Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Vulcan Inc.

Feyissa is the principal partner at Law Offices of Shakespear N. Feyissa, where he practices law in areas such as civil litigation, personal injury, criminal law, employment discrimination, and immigration. He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Seattle University School of Law and has a B.A. in Political Science, Social Sciences, and Minor in History. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Feyissa was born in Ethiopia and spent three years in Kenya. He remains an active human rights advocate and was recognized for his outstanding contribution for the respect of human rights in Ethiopia in 2007 at an event hosted by Amnesty International and Amnesty International USA at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

MOHAI believes that the preservation and exploration of Seattle’s past is essential to making effective decisions for its future. From humble beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city. In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities.


MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information about MOHAI, please visit or call (206) 324-1126.

About Law Offices of Shakespear N. Feyissa

Law Offices of Shakespear N. Feyissa is a Seattle-based law firm that practices in civil litigation, personal injury, criminal law, employment discrimination, and immigration. The principal partner is Shakespear Feyissa, a resident of Seattle and recognized human rights activist. For more information visit

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