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Pam Kramer, Executive Director

Pam Kramer has been the director of Duluth LISC since the office opened in 1997. She is responsible for overall organizational priorities and programs, including fundraising, strategic planning, lending, and building and maintaining relationships with public, private and non-profit agencies essential to LISC's work. Under her leadership, Duluth LISC has directly invested over $90 million in LISC grants, loans and equity investments in Duluth, directly leveraging over $302 million in development into the community to date. Examples include: Clyde Park, the Sheraton Duluth Hotel, the Lincoln Park Craft Business District, Harbor Highlands, the Gimaajii, Steve O’Neil Apartments, Lincoln Park Commons/School reuse, the NorShor Theatre, Community Action Duluth’s Bridges to Career Opportunities Connect Forward program, Duluth @ Work, and the Lincoln Park Fair Food Access Campaign.  

Kramer has a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and over 30 years of experience in community development, neighborhood planning and revitalization and community building.  Prior to LISC, she served as Manager of the City of Duluth’s Community Development Division and a Senior Planner from 1984-1997. She is a Knight Foundation Community Building Fellow and a graduate of the Blandin Leadership Program, the Knight Creative Community Initiative and Leadership Duluth. She currently serves on the Duluth Workforce Development Board, the Greater Downtown Council Board, Greater Minnesota Housing Interagency Stabilization Group, the Leadership Team for the Myers Wilkins Community School Together for Health Initiative and the Mayor’s Economic Development Coalition.      

Lars Kuehnow, Neighborhood Program Officer

Lars Kuehnow is responsible for leading Duluth LISC’s efforts to seed revitalization in key neighborhood commercial districts and helping plan, oversee, secure financing and assist in implementation of signature projects that are part of LISC’s At Home in Duluth Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) strategy. He has an extensive background as a business owner, entrepreneur, project manager, and business advisor and capacity builder for both non-profits and businesses. He most recently worked with one of our At Home in Duluth partners, the Entrepreneur Fund, as a Senior Business Advisor and oversaw the Growing Neighborhood Businesses program. He has also been active with our At Home in Duluth Core Group, as well as assisted with our Lincoln Park Fair Food Access work, the Hillside Health District Plan and recent work led by the Entrepreneur Fund in the Lincoln Park business district.

Emily Nygren, Assistant Program Officer

Emily Nygren oversees LISC’s HUD Section 4 program and will assist with grant writing, program management and building community partnerships. She previously was a program manager for Northern Bedrock Corps in Duluth administering a State of Minnesota DEED appropriation and performing outreach to work and youth organizations as well as conducting training for AmeriCorps members.