Dr. Menbere Aklilu was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Italy where she worked with family restaurateurs in Rome. She brings her international experience and her own special flair to Salute e Vita. She was also the recipient of the Contra Costa 2009 Business Women of the year.
As a role model in the community, Aklilu gives back by hosting dinner for the young women of the Delta Academy who do well in school. She also finances tuition for some girls to attend Northern Lights School in Oakland, a private school that caters to kids who would not be able to attend private school otherwise.