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About Camb From Nothing

Never Forgotten.

Recognizing that Cambodian Americans are among the poorest populations in the United States, Niza Oun-Nguyen believes that it is her responsibility to inspire and motivate people like herself to overcome the odds and bring their dreams to life. Like many Cambodians , Niza grew up in a humble home with little resources and support.  She is the oldest of four children and daughter of Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge regime. Niza recognizes that the repercussions of the Khmer Rouge regime still linger today and affect Cambodian families everywhere. Nearly 20 percent of Cambodians in the US live in poverty and the rates are even higher in other countries. The low educational attainment rate for Cambodian-Americans stagnates our social mobility and perpetuates the cycle of poverty and violence for younger generations. At a time when only 50 percent of US-born Cambodian Americans earn a high school diploma, Niza knows that she has her work cut out for her but refuses to quit. She believes that by sharing our stories, we can inspire and empower each other to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen our community.

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About Niza

In diversity, there is beauty and strength.

A strong believer in formal education and informal mentorship, Niza seeks out opportunities to learn and grow. She is delighted to share her insights and experiences with others and hopes to connect and build meaningful relationships within the Cambodian community. 

Niza is a wealth manager, investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Graduating from Pepperdine University in 2013, she earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Prior to that, she had studied at the University of California - San Diego, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and Economics. Additionally, she received her professional designations as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor from the Investments & Wealth Institute through the Yale School of Management and a Certified Exit Planning Advisor through the Exit Planning Institute.

Niza was crowned Mrs. Asia USA on November 21st, 2019. She was the first Cambodian delegate in the pageant's history to win the title.

 

In her spare time, Niza enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters.

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