Venture Smarter makes key hires, plans for growth
In April, Rhonda Binda spoke at the Smart Cincy Summit during her first visit to Cincinnati, OH. This summer, she announced she will join Cincinnati based Venture Smarter as the Vice President of Policy to help build smart cities and connected communities. Rhonda joins a heavy-hitting team of technology and policy leaders.
Just this week, Venture Smarter teased the latest addition to the team: Rhonda Binda. Prior to her latest role as Executive Director at Jamaica BID, Rhonda acted as Deputy Director at the Department of State and in several roles in the White House. Rhonda will act as the VP of Policy for Venture Smarter, focusing on strategic growth around government and enterprise services. Rhonda will use her policy, government, technology, and business expertise to help build smart cities and connected communities domestically and abroad.
Earlier this summer, Venture Smarter welcomed Mithell Kominsky to the team as the VP of Strategy. Prior to joining Venture Smarter, Mitch was the lead counsel for the US Senate Technology and Transportation Committee. Before that, he served on the US Congressional Cyber Security and Technology Subcommittees. Over the past several years Mitch has advised and invested in several startups. Mitch joined Venture Smarter to guide enterprise and business development strategy as the company plans to continue developing solutions to support stakeholders on each side of the emerging smart city marketplace. One of Mitch's roles is to lead the product development team building Venture Smarter's "Smart City Portal" that is powered by artificial intelligence, connecting solutions, resources, and opportunities to cut the chaos out of smart city planning.
Mitch and Rhonda join a strong leadership team at Venture Smarter led by Zack Huhn (CEO) who is on the IEEE Standards Association Smart Cities Committee, Nicholas Dale (VP Growth) who has a background in communications and business operations, Busayo Odunlami (VP Operations) who was formerly a sustainability advisor at The World Bank, and Jon Salisbury (VP Product) who founded Nexigen and was named Cincinnati's innovator of the year. In the Spring, Venture Smarter also tapped Matt Koesters to serve as Director of Communications and Avery Griffin to serve as special projects manager. Venture Smarter is the first company that launched out of the Venture Strategy Partners Think Tank, and now has offices in Washington DC, New York City, and Cincinnati, OH. The company intends to turn remote employees in Denver, Amsterdam, Vancouver, San Diego, and Miami into full-time transitions within the calendar year. To support the expansion, the budding company will announce a 24-month growth plan ahead of the Smart Regions Conference this Fall. It is expected that the company's headquarters will be established in the Greater Cincinnati Region.
More details coming soon.