George Thaw Moo is originally from Karen State in Burma. He moved to Thailand in 1997 as a refugee. He attended the Open Society Institute’s (OSI) college preparation program in Chiang Mai, Thailand and received his GED. He went on to study at Bangkok University as an OSI fellow and received his B.A. in Communications in 2006.
While studying at the university, he also worked as an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the U.S. Embassy. Most recently, he worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in two locations in Thailand, where he assisted with the safe movement of refugees out of Thailand to resettlement countries.
George speaks four languages including Karen, Burmese, Thai and English. George immigrated to the U.S. in April 2010. He joined the Wilder Foundation in October 2010 as a Mental Health Case Manager to serve the growing Karen population in Saint Paul. He now works for Ramsey County in Child Protection Services.