Deborah Karasov MLA ’81 named Chief Operating Officer for the Great Plains Institute

After an extensive national search, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) has named Deborah Karasov MLA ’81 as its new Chief Operating Officer. Karasov brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the newly created role which will further enable GPI to advance its time-critical mission to transform the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. 

Karasov comes to GPI from Great River Greening where she served as executive director for more than 13 years, growing the geographic and operational outreach from a local to a statewide conservation leader. A champion for the environment and philanthropy, she has held roles in academia, the nonprofit sector, and in federal government. Karasov served on the Mayoral Task Force on Sustainable Development Policies in St. Paul, earned the Theodore D. Horowitz Citizen Participation Award from the City of Minneapolis’ Committee on the Environment, and earned a spot at the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. 

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