New Executive Director at Three Rivers Community Action

The Board of Directors at Three Rivers Community Action is pleased to announce the selection of Jenny Larson as the agency’s new Executive Director.  Larson will replace Mike Thorsteinson, who is retiring in January after running the regional non-profit organization for 32 years.

For the past 15 years, Larson has been the Community Development Director at Three Rivers, working with communities throughout southern Minnesota to provide community development, rental housing, homeownership and energy opportunities for individuals and families. During that time, she has overseen the planning, funding and development of over 650 units of affordable housing, generating over $77 million in private and public investment in the region.  Prior to joining Three Rivers, Larson was the Chief Operating Officer at the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a statewide nonprofit intermediary committed to supporting the creation of affordable housing for working families throughout greater Minnesota. Larson has a BA from Drake University and an MA from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

“Jenny has proven to be a leader at Three Rivers and in the communities we serve,” said Heather Robins, Chair of the Three Rivers Board. “We are thrilled to have her use her skills in the Executive Director role at Three Rivers.” 

Robins and the Board also want to thank Thorsteinson for the many years of service he has provided to the organization. “Mike’s leadership has been invaluable to the organization. He will be missed.”

Larson will begin her new role on January 2, 2017.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter with an organization I love,” said Larson. “I am motivated every day by those who share my strong commitment to finding innovative ways to build stronger communities and create opportunities for those in need.  I am lucky to be able to work beside my talented colleagues at Three Rivers who share my passion for this work.”

Throughout its 50 year history, Three Rivers Community Action has responded to the needs of the local community. The non-profit has worked with cities, counties, school districts, private businesses, religious organizations, philanthropy, and government to launch hundreds of programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening households and communities. Today the organization operates over 40 programs, including Head Start, Housing, Senior Services, Family Advocacy and Transportation. Three Rivers has an annual budget of $12 million and has 150 employees in Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties.