Matt Kramer to leave UMN for vision loss nonprofit – Twin Cities

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Matt Kramer is leaving his high-profile job at the University of Minnesota to become CEO of the nonprofit Vision Loss Resources in Little Canada.

Kramer served as then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s chief of staff and commissioner of employment and economic development before taking a business relations job with the U in 2009. He soon left to become president and CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce before returning to the U in 2017.

Then-President Eric Kaler hired Kramer to be vice president for university and government relations. Kramer now is interim vice president of university services, which include facilities, real estate and student housing, among other departments.

The U in November announced it would conduct a national search for a permanent university services vice president. The first interviews for that job are scheduled for March, President Joan Gabel said this week in a letter to colleagues.

Kramer leaves the U March 3, Gabel said.

“Kramer has elevated the University’s voice here in Minnesota and throughout the world. And I am especially grateful for his efforts over recent months to lead University Services during these unique times. He has been an invaluable partner to me, and I, like many across the University System, will miss his expertise and roll up your sleeves mentality, as well as his quick wit and commitment to teamwork,” Gabel said.

Vision Loss Resources was formed in 1955, has 150 employees and had $4.9 million in revenue in 2021, according to a tax filing. Its mission is “to provide independent-living services and training, community-building, outreach and education for people who are low-vision, blind or deafblind, and their caregivers and families.”

The nonprofit posted a $205,000-$240,000 salary range for the CEO job. Kramer will take over for longtime leader Kate Grathwol.

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