Samuel Sgroi is the Co-Founder of Tables Without Borders, where he helps improve the resettlement process for asylum-seekers and refugees through the power of food. While studying in Amman, Jordan during the height of the Syrian refugee crisis, Sam was moved by the humanity of the refugee experience despite its overwhelming challenges. Upon returning to the U.S., he volunteered with a refugee resettlement organization to help recently arrived refugees find employment opportunities in the New Orleans area. Through this experience, he was exposed to the shortcomings of the resettlement process and became passionate about creating more effective systems to help displaced people rebuild their lives.
After nearly four years in government and the private sector, he brings a solutions-focused mindset, intimate knowledge of government, and strategy and analytic skills to Tables Without Borders.
Venture: Tables Without Borders pairs emerging refugee and asylum-seeking chefs with local restaurants to participate in a paid culinary training program hosted by the restaurant. Each training program culminates in a dinner led by the emerging chef showcasing the flavors of their homeland. After the training program and dinner, Tables Without Borders supports the emerging chef in finding a job in the culinary arts or in developing their own food business.