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Jennifer (Larsen) ’99 and Pete Newburg ’97

St. Paul, Minn.

As the old saying goes, “If you need something done, ask a busy person.”

Just ask Jennifer (Larsen) ’99 and Peter Newburg ’97. They balance careers; two young children, Elsie and George; and meaningful volunteer work for organizations that have come to rely on their passion.  Yet Jen and Pete are quick to lend a hand and pointedly accurate in their advice and encouragement, whether it be to their church, Pilgrim Lutheran in St. Paul, Minn.; Luther; or the Rose Ensemble—an internationally renowned, early music ensemble where Jen serves as chair of the board of directors.

As professionals and volunteers, the Newburgs appreciate having an opportunity to work hard to get the jobs done.  “I think it’s just what we love,” says Jen. “It’s not about the role or the title; it’s about being able to really get something done. We like seeing things get accomplished.”

In response to the new strategic plan, Transformed by the Journey, and the corresponding goals for The Sesquicentennial Fund, they say, “We think the college is on the right track, and we believe in Luther’s leadership.”

Helping Luther accomplish its goals is their motivation for donating to the college at the President’s Council level year after year. Jen explained, “We know our gifts to the Annual Fund afford the college the most flexibility for our donation.”  In addition to the Annual Fund, the Newburgs have supported the Accenture Scholarship at Luther, knowing their gifts are matched by the Accenture Foundation.

Generous financial contributions are not the only ways the Newburgs serve Luther—Jen is a co-class agent for the class of 1999, and the couple has served as event hosts and offered their insights for ways to better engage young alumni in the Twin Cities.

Jen and Pete Newburg are always giving, always thankful, and know what it takes to get the job done.