Thao joins Genesys Works after working as a School Success Program Coordinator with the YMCA. There she worked with youth of all ages, mainly grade 6 through 8, providing an after school program with enrichment classes and academic support. She also worked as an AVID tutor through the Minneapolis School District. She worked with students of color where she helped facilitate group work, promote post-secondary education and support students with their academics. Thao considers herself a first-generation college student. She graduated from St. Catherine University with a degree in Social Work and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Youth Studies.