Mayor's Office

About the Mayor

Emily was elected Mayor of Duluth in November 2015 with 72% of the vote. She was inaugurated on January 4th, 2016.

Emily was President of the Duluth City Council prior to becoming Mayor. She served as a Commissioner on the Duluth Economic Development Authority, a board member of the Great Lakes Aquarium, Visit Duluth, and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, and was the Council conduit to Parks and Libraries.

Emily has an undergraduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is also a graduate of Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute and served on the Advisory Committee that developed the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP).

She formerly owned a small business that specialized in boosting the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Client lists and projects include Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation and its "Duluth at Work" economic development model, United Way of Greater Duluth’s Delegation on Educational Outcomes, and the co-development of an evaluation tool to measure the effectiveness of the recently opened Steve O’Neil Apartments – the first supportive housing model of its kind for homeless families in Minnesota.

Emily is an active trail runner and full-time admirer of Lake Superior. She is married to architect Doug Zaun, Co-Owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture. Together they have two sons.

Emily Larson
City Hall, Room 403
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-5230, Fax: (218) 730-5904


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