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Staff

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. She is actively engaged in affordable housing initiatives and the implementation  of the Higher Education Area Plan.

Under Pam's leadership, Duluth LISC developed the At Home in Duluth collaborative for comprehensive redevelopment of Central and East Hillsides, Lincoln Park, Morgan Park and West Duluth, and leveraged national LISC investments of nearly $73 million in Greater Duluth.  Prior to joining LISC, Pam served as a Senior Planner and Manager of the City of Duluth's Community Development Division from 1984-1997 overseeing the CDBG, HOME, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Minnesota Housing programs. Pam was the key staff to the Duluth Housing Trust Fund, a nonprofit organization that focused on development of safe, affordable housing and administered the Duluth Economic Development Authority's tax increment financing housing projects. She has a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from North Dakota State University and a B.A. in American History from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Lars Kuehnow is the Neighborhood Development Officer. He 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.