Benya Kraus

Benya Kraus calls home a fusion of Waseca, Minnesota, and Bangkok, Thailand. She is a co-founder of Lead for America, a national nonprofit that supports young talent in returning to their hometowns through two-year paid fellowships with the mission of catalyzing community renewal and strengthening our public institutions. In addition to Lead for America, Benya serves on the board of directors of the Citizens League, was appointed by Minnesota Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan to the Minnesota Young Women’s Cabinet and most recently the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, and is involved in her hometown community as a board member of the Waseca Area Foundation, where she is helping to develop a rural entrepreneurial ecosystem in Waseca.

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