Lara L. Kurtz Joins AKRF as Midwest Region Green Infrastructure Lead

Lara L. Kurtz

AKRF, Inc. welcomes Lara L. Kurtz as Green Infrastructure and Wet Weather Practice Lead for the Midwest Region. Ms. Kurtz will lead the expansion of AKRF’s green infrastructure and wet weather-related work in the Midwest by leveraging the firm’s present engagements in Ohio and Illinois as well as its work with nationally-recognized programs in New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. 

Following a seven-year career with the City of Toledo in which she managed a variety of the City’s environmental compliance programs, including stormwater permit programs, Ms. Kurtz has spent more than a decade in consulting, helping municipal clients implement progressive, cost-effective approaches to stormwater and combined sewer overflow program compliance.   

Ms. Kurtz brings to the position a strong technical background in stormwater treatment, collection, and distribution that includes infrastructure, program, and asset planning and funding, as well as design and construction. She has also developed and managed capital program budgets and resource allocations for municipalities, and has extensive procurement and contracting experience. Her national experience includes projects in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, and Wyoming. 

“Lara is well-known to Midwest municipalities for her thoughtful and innovative approach to stormwater management,” said Shandor Szalay, Senior Vice President. “Under Lara’s leadership, we are excited to bring even greater local knowledge and green infrastructure expertise to our clients and communities.”

Ms. Kurtz earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Microbiology from Bowling Green State University. She is a frequent speaker and author on green infrastructure, stormwater management, and low-impact development at industry conferences and events.