Patience Kabwasa

Patience Kabwasa has lived in Colorado for the past 22 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, education, and criminal justice reform.  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 Citizen’s Project, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit whose mission is to be a fearless, bold advocate and engaging voice that empowers and challenges our entire community to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice.  Prior to 2019, Patience 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 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 holds an A.A. from Pikes Peak Community College, is a 2018 graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership training, and is a 2019 Aspen Ideas Health Scholar.  2021-22 Transforming Leadership for Change (TLC) Fellow and 21/22 CIVICO Colorado Governer’s Fellow. She is currently working towards her B.A. in Strategic Communications from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. But her most important role is Mama to 3 spirited teenagers/young adults. Her work and advocacy are rooted in her own experience in navigating a path out of poverty. 

Patience can be reached at: pkabwasa@gmail.com