Executive Director, Local First Arizona
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. She is the founder and executive director of Local First Arizona Foundation, an organization with three statewide offices focused on creating a diverse and inclusive Arizona economy. LFA is a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field and increased access to capital for entrepreneurial endeavors and communities of all sizes. She has won several national awards and speaks regularly across the country. Local First’s programs include increasing healthy local food production and access, growing entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and expanding rural community development and access to capital, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies in healthy communities.