Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur and economic specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona.
Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses.
In late 2005, Local First secured non-profit status and proceeded with Lanning as the Executive Director. The organization has since mushroomed to nearly 2,500 members, and Lanning works extensively with city and state policymakers to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs of all sizes. She works to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive.