Kim ZentzChief Executive Officer, Urbanova

Kim is co-founder and CEO 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.  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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