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Prepared and paid for by the Committee to Elect Larry Kraft, 2248 Drew Ave S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

About Larry

My wife Lauri and I moved here 16 years ago. Our kids Jamie and Jason were born here and now go to the SLP High School and Middle School. We've loved being here since day one, but my work over the past five years with cities across the country has given me even more of an appreciation for how special St. Louis Park is. We listen. We try things. We're welcoming. I'm excited to bring the experience I've gained in my business and non-profit careers to the SLP City Council.

You may notice I made a big career change six years ago. To understand my motivation, here's a letter I wrote a couple years ago for Climate Dads.

My Approach - Asking questions, being accountable

In my most recent position in the high-tech industry, I managed a budget roughly the size of the City’s.  As the leader of a not-for-profit, I worked hard to get the most impact from every resource. As a Council member, I see fiscal responsibility as one of the most important priorities; I plan to make sure the City is a good steward of every tax dollar.

 

I believe in asking lots of questions, gathering input from all stakeholders, and working from there to build consensus.  The best answers will come from listening carefully to your concerns and experiences. I’m not afraid to dig into issues and ask tough questions… and I’m interested in hearing tough questions from you!

SLP Community Involvement

  • Environment & Sustainability Commissioner since 2018

  • Climate Action Plan Committee: 2016

  • Partners in Energy (Xcel Energy - SLP partnership) Team Member: 2015-18

  • St. Louis Park Magazine Editorial Advisory Board: 2014-17

  • Steering Committee for St. Louis Park Arts & Culture Strategic Framework Development: 2019

  • Little League Baseball Coach since 2012

  • Rec League Basketball Coach: 2016-17

  • Traveling Basketball Coach: 2018-19

  • Mentor to SLP High School Roots and Shoots Environmental Club: since 2015                  

Climate Work

  • Executive Director and Core Team Member at iMatter: 2014-19

    • ​Rebuilt organization which had undergone a period of inactivity

    • Supported youth as they urged their city and state governments to adopt aggressive climate policies

    • Grew number of youth leaders (high school and middle school) supported from 10 youth leaders in 5 cities in 2015/16, to 300+ leaders in 150+ cities in 2018/19 

    • Built financial backing from the McKnight Foundation, Patagonia, Clif Bar and a grassroots network of 200+ individual donors.

    • Worked with leading climate analysts to develop City Report Card used by youth

  • Climate Reality Project Leader and Mentor​

    • Trained by Al Gore in 2013​

    • Have mentored over 75 other leaders in four additional trainings since 2013, including just recently in Minneapolis in early August this year.

  • Board Member for Ullu, startup organization looking to spark 1M+ climate conversations over next year with people in the political middle.

Business Experience

  • Senior VP Sales & Marketing for Digi International: 2003-13

    • ~$200M company, focused on connecting machines to the Internet and based in the Twin Cities​

    • Ran 200-person global organization with $35M budget

    • Led significant revenue growth worldwide, launched more than 50 new products and services, negotiated partnerships with major technology companies, and built strong relationships with both employees and customers from many different cultures.

  • Previous management experience in startup, mid-size and multi-billion dollar companies

  • Extensive Product and Project Management experience

Education

  • B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University

  • M.B.A. from Cornell University

Other

  • I love to swim, bike, cross-country ski and travel

  • I am an ice cream fanatic!!!


For more info on my background, for those with LinkedIn, my profile can be found here.