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Lars Leafblad

Leadership and Engagement Director


Lars is the Leadership and Engagement Director and leads the Foundation’s Bush Fellowship program and leadership engagement efforts. He was formerly a Principal with KeyStone Search, a Minneapolis-based retained executive search firm where his practice consisted of nonprofit, foundation, higher education & other mission-driven clients. He is also the founder of, a community composed of 6,000+ civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition to create positive impact and personal and professional growth for its members.

Lars was selected by Twin Cities Business magazine as one of the "200 Minnesotans You Should Know" in Dec 2011 and one of "100 People to Help You Thrive in 2013" in Nov 2012. He was also selected as a "40 Under 40" by Mpls-St. Paul Business Journal in 2007.

He earned a BA in Economics from St. Olaf and his MBA from the U of MN's Carlson School of Mgmt. He also spent two summers in college working as a member of the Natl Touring BBQ Team for Famous Dave's of America competing in BBQ competitions across the upper Midwest.

Lars serves on the advisory boards for & the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the U of MN. He is a former advisory board member of Salvation Army - Twin Cities and former board member of

He has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's "Daily Circuit" and "Midmorning" programs and Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac".

Lars lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Maren and their four children. In his free time, he enjoys time w/ family, reading, creative writing, poker, and is a novice "rock-hound" who loves hunting for agates.