Chol is the founder and executive director of the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont (SUDFUND) Inc. SUDFUND is a nonprofit organization with the mission of investing in and supporting families so they can raise their children to succeed academically and athletically in Vermont.
Chol came to America in 2007 through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program due to civil war in Sudan. Prior to coming to Vermont, he lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for 12 years. He was accepted at the University of Vermont in 2008 and graduated in 2011 with BA in Economics. He was a McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Merage Foundation Scholarship for the American Dream in honor of Vermont’s former governor Madeleine Kunin.
He is very active in the community and works with New American community members to identify their unique needs and raise funds to support summer camp scholarships, mentoring, and soccer programs. He also organizes community events to broaden families’ networks.
Chol has served on a number of boards and committees since he graduated from college. He was appointed in January, 2018 by Mayor Miro Weinberger to serve on the Community Development and Block Grant Advisory Board of Burlington and make funding recommendations to the city council. He was also a member of the Vermont State Health Assessment team, which developed the State Health Improvement Plan 2018-2023.
During his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading (a lot), photography, outdoor adventures and spending time with family.