“Good leaders spend
time thinking about how systems could or should be different.
and significant change, figuring out how the future should look, this
is the occupation of all visionary leaders.”
- Sandra Larson
11472 Fairfield Rd. West
Minnetonka, MN 55305
To help mission-driven
organizations create clearer visions, more effective strategies
and improved organizational structures.
After collaborating with
Sandra Larson Consulting, organizations will improve their ability
to affect mission-driven change for their customers and other stakeholders.
Sandra Larson Consulting
will only accept assignments with charitable partners whom we believe
can benefit from our collaboration. In our expectations and charges
we will honor the limited time and resources the organization can
reasonably expect to spend on such contracts. In all matters we
will, to the best of our ability, give objective and honest recommendations.
We will only contract with organizations who will, in turn, give
us their open and honest cooperation as well. We enter all contracts
with the goal of enhancing the mission-driven results of the client
Sandra Larson has over 35 years of leadership experience within the public, nonprofit and private sector. Her most recent leadership assignment was as development director for the Minnesota Planetarium Society.
Her current focus is on interim work either as a temporary employee or as a consultant in the area of management and development improvement.
She initially assumed responsibilities for the Minnesota Planetarium Society as a consultant in 2005. The Society incorporated in 2003 as the nonprofit organization to plan for and build a new science center in Minneapolis, its major feature to be a digital 3-D planetarium. Over her 4 year tenure she:
Secured 2 million dollars from corporate, foundation, and individual sources along with in-kind business services and earned income from the Societyís start-up ExploraDome Program and funding for capital campaign planning.
Helped expand the board of directors from 8 to 14 and recruited 50 program volunteers.
Helped plan, fund and carry out a new science program that in its first 2 Ĺ school years served 50,000 children and adults in 123 schools in Minnesota, in conjunction with 2 staff members.
Prior to 2003 Larson was employed by ADC Telecommunications, Inc. There she:
Developed, incorporated and headed the companyís charitable foundation which was endowed by the company for 20 million dollars.
As executive director, she developed 23 corporate community giving sites, 9 of which were in foreign offices of the company.
Served as director of corporate community relations, creating volunteer programs, policies and a scholarship fund for employee children around the world.
Before 1998, Larson most recently directed, built and incorporated the Management Assistance Program (MAP) for Nonprofits, Inc. There she:
Built MAP into one of the largest management support organizations in the country, providing management and technical assistance to nonprofit agencies.
Larson led MAP for 14 years, during which time she designed and directed services to 2,000 nonprofits in the Twin Citiesí metropolitan area
Larson led MAP in partnering with more than 40 leading for-profit corporations, helping their employees and retirees share their expertise as volunteer consultants or board members to nonprofit organizations.
Prior to leading MAP's expansion, Larson directed and developed the Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.) a South Minneapolis multi-service nonprofit. There her accomplishments included:
Established the second professionally staffed Rape and Sexual Assault Center in the United Stated.
Created the stateís first privately funded legal advocacy program housed in the Hennepin County Courts.
Prior to her 6 years as executive director of N.I.P, she:
Headed the area of law enforcement planning for the State of Minnesota Crime Control Board.
Developed a police community relations program for the Maryland Human Rights Commission
Larsonís community activities include serving as:
President of the United Way Council of Agency Executives (Minneapolis)
A founding board member and secretary of the Management MBA Program and Management Center of the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits
Adjunct professor at the Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas
Executive committee member of the National Executive Service Corps
Treasurer of the New Dance Ensemble
Advisory board member for the Union Institute, a national nonprofit think tank
President of the Friends of the Minneapolis Library, where she assisted in the capital campaign efforts to fund to the central library.
Currently a board member of St. Stevenís Human Services.
Larson's eduction includes:
A masterís degree in social work and community planning from the University of Maryland
A bachelorís degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.
She has run for political office and stays active in politics. Larson is also a published poet and stargazer.