Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) just convened a group of data experts to improve the information we use to make choices about how we travel. Imagine you are visiting a city for the first time and you want to go downtown. If you pull out your smartphone and punch a destination…
Kathleen manages the Mobility as a Service and Interoperable Transit Data programs in the Mobility Transformation Practice. In this capacity, she is implementing a series of demonstration projects in partnership with the City of Austin and other public sector partners, major employers, and private service providers, with the goal of creating novel, flexible solutions that enable commuters to leave their vehicles at home.
Ultimately, these pilot programs will inform the design of a mobility solutions marketplace. Kathleen also convenes and manages an industry working group tasked with establishing best practices in interoperable transit data, which encompasses transportation data standards that enable software to exchange information about transportation service parameters, real-time status, and passenger transactions. Interoperable data enables high-quality customer applications and experiences and creates a foundation for a robust transportation network, with diverse players and ample space for innovation and collaboration across the entire transportation ecosystem.
Kathleen has over ten years of combined experience in entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and community and economic development. Prior to RMI, Kathleen served as the Assistant Director of the Clean Energy Portfolio at the Austin Technology Incubator. In this role, she collaborated with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and colleagues from 15 incubators across the country to launch Incubatenergy, a national network of clean energy incubators.
Through this effort, Kathleen designed and coordinated the Southwest Clean Energy Incubation Initiative (SRCEII) an Austin-based, statewide network of clean energy incubators that represented 16 startups, 40 patent filings, combined revenues and outside funding of over $20 million, and over 100 jobs in the state in its first two years. Kathleen established a series of strategic partnerships to create a seamless experience for cleantech entrepreneurs statewide, including: the first annual Cleantech Three Day Startup, E-Capital Summit at Earth Day Texas, and the NREL Solar Data Reverse Hackathon at the Energy Thought Summit.
She also directly supported entrepreneurs by providing them with strategic consulting and access to mentors, advisors, and investors. She continues to champion cleantech entrepreneurs through a number volunteer leadership positions, including: SXSW Accelerator, the Cleantech Open, the Energy Thought Summit, and SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase.
Kathleen also served as the Executive Director of the CleanTX Foundation. In this capacity, she championed the growth of the $2.5 Billion cleantech industry in Central Texas through thought leadership, stakeholder engagement, and community education. Before shifting her focus to clean and renewable energy, Kathleen worked in economic development for five years, first as a consultant at TIP Strategies, Inc., and subsequently as Director of Economic Development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
MPhil, Development Studies, University of Cambridge
BA, Political and Social Thought Distinguished Majors Program, Spanish, Latin American Studies (minor), University of Virginia
Finalist, Engineering, Energy, Mobility, & Systems Sciences – Austin Under 40, 2017
Nominee, Profiles in Power & Women of Influence in Central Texas – Austin Business Journal, 2016
Participant, 2016 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs) – National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2016