Washington State University
Kim Zentz is co-founder and a director of Urbanova, Spokane’s smart city proving ground in The University District. Zentz is also the director of the Engineering and Technology Management graduate program for Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. A registered professional civil engineer, Zentz’s career spans all types of utility services, transportation, economic development and high-tech startup companies. With 30 years of senior executive leadership experience, Zentz 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. Zentz holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Washington State University.