Tigist is the Director of Diversity in Research and Education. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She has been with the Penn Memory Center since 2013. Tigist works to develop, implement and monitor multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing research participation amongst African Americans. She leads the outreach work of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; Clinical Core; Research Education Core; and the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health.