Kurt joined thedatabank, gbc in October 2015 after moving to Minneapolis from Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining thedatabank, he spent several years working in nonprofit development and political organizing after receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
Get to know Kurt a little better:
Why is working at a social impact-based company important to you?
Previously working in the nonprofit sector made me realize that, going forward, I didn’t want to work for just any organization or company – I wanted to work for a cause that I believed in. Working with thedatabank, I’m lucky to be in a position to help other nonprofits, like the one I worked for previously, achieve their unique and important missions.
How do you spend your free time – when you have it?
I love to spend time outdoors – things like cycling, hiking, camping, and canoeing. I also enjoy watching sports, and Sundays during football season you’ll always find me watching the Green Bay Packers. In addition, I love food, so I’m always trying new recipes in my kitchen and exploring new restaurants.
What’s on your playlist while you’re at work?
A lot of ’60s and ’70s singer-songwriters like Paul Simon, John Prine, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and early Bruce Springsteen. I’m also a huge fan of soul and R&B in the tradition of artists like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Al Green.
What does your perfect Saturday morning look like?
My ideal Saturday would be sleeping in and then drinking coffee and reading a book or newspaper. During the summer, I love going to the farmer’s market and cooking some big, elaborate meal that will give me leftovers for the next week. Other than that, I would maybe go for a hike and spend a little time in nature.