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Holli Arp

Holli Arp, Extension program leader

Program leader

Leadership and civic engagement



Extension Regional Office, Worthington
1527 Prairie Drive
Worthington, MN 56187



  • B.A., Social Studies Education, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • M.A.Ed., Adult Education, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Work experience

Holli joined the Center for Community Vitality in September 2015 as program leader for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She previously worked as Extension's Southwest Regional Director from 2004–2015, as County Extension Director from 2002–2003, and as an Extension educator from 2000–2001. Holli has administrative experience in human resources, budget development, staff development, program development and reporting, and public and stakeholder relations. She has worked with numerous groups and committees in rural Minnesota to understand their unique leadership needs. Holli has a passion for empowering community leaders to initiate the positive change they envision for their communities, as well as connecting them to resources that help build individual and community leadership capacity.

Affiliations, honors and community service

  • Boards: Jackson County Central School Board (2010–present)
  • Awards: Epsilon Sigma Pi Mid-Career Award (2011), Dean's Award for Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Team (2007), Minnesota Association of Extension Educators Early Career Award (2004)
  • Member: National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), Epsilon Sigma Pi (ESP), Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals (MACLEP)
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