Erin Newkirk


Local Crate




Connector, brand builder, and champion of innovators, Erin Newkirk sold her social correspondence app, Red Stamp, to Taylor Corp. in 2013. She’s an advisory board member to three local companies and one of the most sought-after coffee dates in town. Newkirk spent most of 2016 and 2017 at Bright Health, helping to build the foundation for a simplified health care plan. In March, she joined St. Paul-based Local Crate, which is working to marry convenience with healthy eating and a sustainable supply chain. In each city Local Crate expands to, meal kits are prepared locally, connecting growers, makers, and chefs with distributors. “The meal kit is the what,” Newkirk says, “not the why or the how.”