Amyie Kao was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband, Daniel, founded Mariposa Coffee, an artisan micro-roastery in Norman. Mariposa is built on the principles of giving back to community, roasting coffee with passion, and advocating for social justice. In 2013, Mariposa partnered with Water4, to put a water well in a C.O.E. coffee-growing region of Rwanda that brings 600 villagers access to clean water. Amyie received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Oklahoma. She was pre-med, the recipient of the Fern L. Holland Award in 2006, served with AmeriCorps in 2008, and a LEND fellow in 2011.

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