Patience Kabwasa has lived in Colorado for the past 24 years and is the Executive Director of Food to Power, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate a more equitable food system in the greater Colorado Springs region. As a non-profit leader and community advocate, Patience is passionate about economic justice, food justice, health equity and land access, education, and criminal justice transformation. She has more than 15 years of experience partnering and organizing with communities to build and maintain community gardens, improve community safety, make policy recommendations to the Board of Education for Colorado Springs School District 11, increase fresh food access, advocate for affordable housing and houseless solutions and increase voter registration and turnout.
Since 2019, Patience has served on the board of directors for the Citizen’s Project, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit which is a fearless, bold advocate and engaging voice that empowers and challenges our entire community to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice. Prior to 2019 Patience has served the community in various capacities through volunteer work in many different organizations whose focus is to amplify the voices of those who are most at risk for neglect.
She is Colorado College Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa. She is also a community food equity educator and has been a guest speaker at conferences such as the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum, Colorado College, & the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, & Forward Food Summit. She is the Founding columnist for the Colorado Springs Independant’s DiverseCity Column 2017-23, a 2018 LiveWell Colorado Community Impact Champion, a 2018 graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership Strategic Leadership alum, 2019 Aspen Ideas Health Scholar, a 2021-21 Civico Governor’s Fellow, 2022 Creative Leadership Institute Alum and 2022 Colorado Springs Business Journal Champion in Advocacy.
But her most important role is Mama, to three spirited young people.
- Colorado Springs, Colorado