Featured Alumni

Thank you for your great work in the community!


Emily Larson

Emily Larson

Duluth City Councilor Emily Larson has been active in the community the entire 20 years she's lived here. She has served on various boards and committees, and has a special interest in issues relating to poverty, homelessness, workforce and economic development. After eleven years serving homeless families as a staff person at CHUM, Emily entered UMD's Masters of Social Work Program, and upon graduation in 2008 launched a consulting practice focusing on the opportunities of non-profits to provide employment and training services.

A parent to two sons, Emily spends much of her free time playing legos, swimming in Lake Superior, snowboarding and running the beautiful trail system of Duluth. Emily was elected to the Duluth City Council in 2011 and began a four year At-Large term January of 2012.



Kyle Elden

Kyle Elden was recently nominated and selected for Duluth's "20 Under 40" award. She was chosen for the award along with a group of 20 young professionals under the age of 40. The group of professionals were selected for their excellent work in giving back to the community and making Duluth a great place to live and settle for young adults.

Kyle is currently an on-going Child Protection Case Manager at St. Louis County Health and Human Services for children in need of protective services due to abuse or neglect. She was a Child Welfare Scholar in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Kyle earned her masters degree in May 2009.

Kyle is involved in the community as a co-chair on the board of directors for Lake Superior Writers, manager for the Duluth Women's Soccer League, yoga instructor at Yoga North, coordinator for Duluth's Homegrown Poetry Showcase, on the Duluth Running Company's Running Team, and also involved with the planning committee for the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference.


Steve O'Neil

Steve O'Neil

St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O'Neil is a longtime community organizer and activist on behalf of low-income people and public health. He has been active in justice issues relating to housing, poverty and public health for over thirty years. Commissioner O'Neil has worked on behalf of a host of community organizations. He also teaches at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Wisconsin Superior, and works as a trainer and consultant. Steve O'Neil received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1979 with a focus on planning, administration and community organization.