University of Iowa

Travis Kraus

Travis Kraus
Director, Economic Development & Sustainability
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Biography 

Travis Kraus joined the Office of Outreach and Engagement as the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) Program Coordinator in August 2016. He coordinates the day-to-day operations of the IISC and works with community partners and University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students to facilitate engaged-learning projects that promote economic development and sustainability throughout the state.

Prior to joining the IISC, Travis led the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, worked as a regional planner for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, and was a successful small business entrepreneur for many years.  Travis earned a masters degree of Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a secondary teaching certificate.