Thai Nguyen | Vietnam
Following the war in Vietnam, Thai came to the United States with her family as a refugee in 1980 after going through 4 refugee camps in Southeast Asia. Thai is the Founder and Executive Director of Kaizen Food Rescue, which is the only refugee-led nonprofit food access organization in Colorado. Through Kaizen, Thai distributed over 11 million pounds of fresh food to thousands of families in 93 zip codes. As a former refugee from Vietnam, Thai brings her passion about food justice and food apartheid to local community by serving on the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, Jefferson County Food Policy Council, and Mile High Farmers. When Thai is not fighting food insecurity, you can find her outdoors with her husband, three beautiful children, and two rescue puppies.