Kurt received his BA from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and earned his Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas. A native of rural Minnesota, Kurt’s began his career by joining the family grocery business in 1990. He owned that business until 2007, when he joined the staff of the Southwest Initiative Foundation to lead the Entrepreneurship and SBA/USDA Microloan Program in Southwest Minnesota.
In 2013, he joined the staff of the Institute for Conservation Leadership in Takoma Park where he served as Director of Business and Marketing. On an interim basis, Kurt also served as president and CEO for two Washington, D.C., companies overseeing significant transitions.