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October 8, 2021
Urbanova's board of directors is launching a search for its next CEO to succeed Kim Zentz, who will step out of the role in November. Urbanova selected executive search firm Herd Freed Hartz to conduct the recruitment. The chief executive officer, who reports to and is a member of the board of directors, has responsibility and accountability for managing and accelerating Urbanova's strategic, programmatic and financial/operational activities. The CEO also is responsible for recruiting, managing and supporting senior staff; and helping them to align and execute priorities. Headquartered in Spokane and incorporated in 2016, Urbanova is an urban innovation partnership focused on driving equitable solutions for midsize cities. With partners that include Avista, the city of Spokane, Itron, McKinstry, University District Development Association, Washington State University, Verizon and Gallup, Urbanova builds multi-sector collaborations, develops technology and harnesses strategies to create more resilient communities.