Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Kim Zentz

Co-Founder & Director


Kim is co-founder and a director of Urbanova, Spokane’s smart city proving ground in The University District.

Established by founding partners Avista, Itron, McKinstry, the City of Spokane, Washington State University and The University District Development Association in 2016, Urbanova is a living laboratory to design cities for the future. Kim is additionally director of the Engineering and Technology Management graduate program for Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

With 30 years of senior executive leadership experience, Kim has held positions as CEO of Innovate Washington, executive director of Sirti (also known as the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute), CEO of the Spokane Transit Authority, founding president and COO of Avista Labs (now ReliOn/Plug Power) and manager, gas and electric technical services for Avista Utilities.
Present and former board positions include, Spokane University District Development Association, Spokane County United Way, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Washington Technology Center, Innovate Washington Foundation (dba Ignite Northwest) and Mobius Spokane. Kim served on the Governor’s Clean Energy Leadership Council and is a member of the Pivotal Leaders Network, a group of executives identified by their peers as the top clean technology business leaders in the Northwest. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and a Master’s of Engineering Management, from Washington State University.

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